New York City To Expand Legal Services For Immigrants

On Monday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a prominent advocate of comprehensive immigration reform, announced an expansion of legal services for immigrants in the city. The new program, which will launch by the beginning of 2012, will employ 11 full-time immigration attorneys who will “ensure that immigrants…have access to the counsel they need and do not suffer unnecessary immigration consequences as they navigate the legal system.” According to a statement on the mayor’s website, the services are necessary because immigrants charged with minor offenses often don’t understand the “severe immigration consequences that can follow from certain dispositions.”