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Free immigration attorneys in New York City–could Oregon be next?

ILG_Logo1Earlier this month, New York City launched the nation’s first-ever government-sponsored immigration defense program, called the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project. It provides free representation in immigration court to some individuals who are in deportation proceedings and cannot afford an immigration attorney.

The program was initiated to make sure that everyone’s rights are upheld in navigating the often-confusing immigration court process, as well as to lessen the time that individuals spend in detention. Could Oregon sponsor the next government-sponsored immigration defense service? For more information on the program, check out these resources: Immigration defense program announcement, New York Family Unity Project Report.