Barros’ daughter Eileen holds a sign that says “Give me back my dad” as she stands with Council Member Francisco Moya and demonstrators on the steps of City Hall Friday. Photo courtesy of Francisco Moya.

Judge Halts Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

A federal judge issued a stay of deportation for Edisson Barros, a Maspeth taxi driver and father of two, just hours before he was scheduled to be deported, according to Telemundo and attorneys from Legal Aid.

Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and was first scheduled to be deported more than a week ago, but he was instead transferred to a jail in Louisiana to await the final decision.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. Photo courtesy of Claire R. Thomas.

Freezing Out Immigrants: The Denial of Due Process in New York State Courts

Frequent raids on immigrant communities and deaths in immigration detention centers, the call to “Abolish ICE” has gained momentum nationwide.

In part, the movement is informed by the situations in state courthouses, where the presence of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents can instill fear in noncitizens and discourage them from seeking legal services they are entitled to or even notifying the police when they are in danger.

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Barros’ daughter Eileen holds a sign that says “Give me back my dad” as she stands with Council Member Francisco Moya and demonstrators on the steps of City Hall Friday. Photo courtesy of Francisco Moya

Daughter, Council Member Plead With Judge To Halt Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

With her father facing imminent deportation, Maspeth resident Eileen Barros joined family members, demonstrators and Council Member Francisco Moya at City Hall to demand his release.

Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and was scheduled to be deported Friday. The father of two lived in Queens for 25 years and worked as a taxi driver until he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in July.

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Staff and volunteers from Legal Hand Jamaica assist low-income community members. // Photo courtesy of Legal Hand

Legal Hand Empowers Low-Income Queens — And Wants Help

Amid an immigration crackdown, affordable housing crisis and a pervasive homelessness problem, one Jamaica organization is reaching out to low-income residents and putting power and knowledge into their hands. Legal Hand Jamaica, a collaboration between the Center for Court Innovation and Queens Legal Services, provides legal guidance and referrals for local low-income residents who face an array of issues.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School || Credit: Claire R. Thomas

‘Why Am I In Jail?’ Wonder Asylum-Seekers Fleeing Hell

“I’ve never been in prison before,” the detained immigrants ask. “Do you have any advice for me?” People who escaped violence and persecution in their home countries must spend months inside Upstate New York jails. And they don’t know why.

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Volunteer attorneys from the law firms of Arnold & Porter, Cleary Gottlieb, Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher, as well as volunteers from Goldman Sachs, assists immigrants with naturalization forms.//Photo Courtesy of NYLPI

Attorneys Guide Queens Immigrants at LaGuardia Legal Clinic

Across Queens, attorneys are using their legal knowledge to assist noncitizens and resist the nationwide immigration crackdown.  

Tomorrow at LaGuardia College, the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Catholic Migration Services and the Center for Immigrant Education and Training at LaGuardia Community have teamed up with lawfirms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, and volunteers from Goldman Sachs to host a naturalization workshop, designed guide green card holders working on complex naturalization paperwork.

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Pablo Villavicencio leans out of an SUV while talking to reporters after being released from the Hudson County Correctional Facility, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Kearny, N.J. A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Villavicencio, an Ecuadorean immigrant who was being held at the facility for deportation after he delivered pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty said Villavicencio can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to try to gain legal status. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

College Point Pizza Man Released After 53 Days In Detention Hell

College Point pizza delivery man Pablo Villavicencio returned to his wife and two children Tuesday evening after a federal judge ordered his release from immigrant detention.

Villavicencio spent 53 days in a New Jersey jail cell following an arrest at the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn for an outstanding deportation order. Villavicencio was delivering food to the base when military police stopped him and demanded he show identification. The guards used his IDNYC to conduct a background check and discovered the deportation order. They then alerted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who arrested Villavicencio.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School || Credit: Claire R. Thomas

THOMAS: How to Help the ‘Accidental’ New Yorkers Separated From Their Families and Shipped to Upstate Prisons

By Claire R. Thomas Director of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Law Professor at New York Law School “Where

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