FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2018
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NEW YORK—On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, alongside the offices of U.S. Representative Joe Crowley and Representative Grace Meng, held a community resource fair at Iglesia St. George in Flushing, Queens. In the ultimate city of immigrants, and in the city’s most diverse borough, Queens residents were able to access City services. Staff from the Department of Education, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Queens District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, legal services providers, and local community groups provided Flushing residents with information and resources, such as IDNYC, the city’s official municipal ID card and ActionNYC, free and confidential immigration legal services available to all New Yorkers. In addition, New Yorkers received the latest information on federal immigration policy, including on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and more. Live Spanish interpretation services were available during the forum. The City has partnered with Representatives Crowley and Meng extensively to ensure that New Yorkers know that their elected leaders stand with them, and that they have the best information on local and federal developments. This community resource fair is only the latest event in this strong partnership.
“Today’s resources fair in Flushing is a great opportunity to bring City services directly to the people and show that our leaders stand with immigrant New Yorkers in the World’s Borough,” said Bitta Mostofi, Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “I want to thank Rep. Crowley and Rep. Meng for their leadership and their tireless efforts on behalf of our immigrant New Yorkers. Together, we will continue to fight for immigrant communities, including NYC’s 30,000 Dreamers and 15,000 TPS recipients, both here in Queens and in Washington.”
“I am proud to work with Mayor de Blasio and Rep. Meng on today’s Community Resource Fair,” said Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. “As elected officials representing New York City, we have a responsibility to push back against the Trump administration’s despicable attacks on immigrant families. Events like these allow us to reach out to members of our community whose lives have been disrupted by President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, like the thousands of individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua living in New York under temporary-protected status, and make them aware of the legal protections they have at their disposal. This is how we keep our communities strong and united.”
“As we fight the President’s cruel and un-American immigration policies, it is imperative that immigrant families have access to the resources and services they require,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng. “This important resource fair goes a long way in providing that critical assistance, and it does so confidentially and free of charge. I’m proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and my colleague Joe Crowley in standing with immigrant New Yorkers.”
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs promotes the well-being of NYC’s immigrant communities by recommending policies and managing programs that help to successfully integrate immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the City. For more information on all MOIA services, go to nyc.gov/immigrants, call 311, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.