Persons who are expelled would have a statutory right to a lawyer if they are unable to give a presumption under the legislation introduced on Wednesday.
State Sen Brad Bradley, who is sponsoring the legislation, said that immigrants are more likely to play their case compared to those who do not. According to the current system, its office states that people facing expulsion must rely on non-profit solicitors or go against the judicial system on their own.
“In the case of immigrants facing expulsion, the difference between staying in New York or being separated from their families is the solicitor,” said Manhattan Democrat in a statement.
Catalina Cruz, a member of the State Assembly, who supported the bill, said that thousands of immigrants across the state could be expelled but that there is no meaningful chance to listen.
“Our friends, neighbors, relatives,” she said in a statement. “Our nation was built on their backs, and they have built their lives on the promises of our nation.” T