City to host immigration reform workshops

(Rikard Larma/Metro)
(Rikard Larma/Metro)

Immigrants in New York City are carefully watching to see whether Congress will reform the immigration system.

Starting next month, the city will help them sort through whatever changes the federal government makes.

Hoping to dispel misinformation and protect immigrants from scammers, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today a series of events.

The events will include many different services for immigrants in one spot, like help getting taxpayer identification numbers or passports. They will also include information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a recent law that allows some immigrants over 15 to apply to live legally here.

“We’re very excited about the changes happening at the national level on immigration reform, and we want to make sure we as a city are prepared and that our immigrants know their rights and know where to go to for help,” Quinn said.

Consulates from varied countries will also be available to help provide passports and identification help.

These events will be offered in all five boroughs, with the first happening May 10 to 12 at Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, where representatives from the Mexican Consulate will attend.

The New York Immigration Coalition will post future events on their website.



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