New York expands Liberty Defense Project to help immigrantsStaff Writer | December 20, 2018
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an expansion of the first-in-the-nation Liberty Defense Project to provide enhanced legal services to immigrants targeted by ICE and the federal government's anti-immigrant policies.
Empire State New York is home to 53,000 undocumented immigrants under the age of 16
The enhanced LDP services include Project Golden Door, which will provide crucial services to immigrant children and families in New York, and a Regional Rapid Response program to quickly respond with effective legal services on the ground, including in response to targeted raids and arbitrary arrests by ICE.
New York is home to 53,000 undocumented immigrants under the age of 16, many of whom arrived at the Southern Border from Central America since 2014.
Many of these children have since resettled with family networks or sponsors in the State, particularly in New York City, Westchester and Long Island. These immigrant youths and their families encounter exclusion from schools and other public services, and social and economic isolation due to language barriers or lack of literacy. ■