BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) allocated $50,000 to the CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resource Network to provide qualified attorneys that would offer legal services to constituents dealing with housing and immigration-related discrimination.
“I am determined to fight [President Donald] Trump and his un-American, anti-immigrant policies that deeply hurt our communities and our hard-working families,” said Peralta. “For the past year, pushing back against Trumpism has been at the core of my efforts to defend and protect New Yorkers. Plans to end DACA, build a wall and executive orders for a travel ban have traumatized many people. It is frightening to see immigrants go about their daily lives with fear in their eyes, and I am not going to tolerate it. This is why, in the era of Trump, I partnered with professionals from the CUNY School of Law to offer free legal services to help my constituents.”
Although the attorneys will not be able to go to court or take on full cases, they could assist with deportation proceedings, immigration actions taken by the federal government, housing discrimination, tenant harassment and more.
CUNY School of Law Executive Director Alizabeth Newman said that having legal advice and analysis before or during a legal process can make a difference in a person’s ability to assert and defend their rights.
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