After Monday’s decision to cut Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced expanded resources for state programs that aid immigrants, regardless of legal status.
Cuomo denounced the Trump administration’s decision, highlighting the state’s efforts to protect the “hard-working men and women” now at risk of losing their legal status.
“After fleeing a horrific natural disaster, Salvadorans found safe haven on our shores and have called the U.S. home for more than a decade. They have worked hard, paid taxes, bought homes, and had families – all in an effort to achieve the American Dream,” Cuomo said. “This federal administration’s decision to tear families apart, disrupt small businesses, and lead those who have become part of the American fabric to an uncertain future, is disgraceful and unjust.”
Those seeking referrals for legal assistance and other related immigration information are encouraged to call the New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636. Calls are toll-free and provide assistance in more than 200 languages. The hotline is managed by Catholic Charities Community Services and is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Launched in 2013, the state’s Office of New Americans administers the Liberty Defense Project, which is a public-private project that helps immigrants, regardless of status, find legal services, including free consultations. More information can be found at Newamericans.ny.gov.
Stay tuned to Long Island Wins for continued coverage on resources available for those affected by the Salvadoran TPS decision.