NY Governor Cuomo: all immigrants will receive representation

11/22/2016, Miscellaneous, Immigration

NY Governor Cuomo announced his plan to establish the “first-in-the-nation immigrant legal defense fund”, which will "ensure all immigrants, regardless of status, have access to representation.”  It is not yet clear whether this is intended to be a right to counsel per se.  The announcement goes on to state that "The initiative will be administered by the state's Office for New Americans and be run in partnership with major colleges and universities, as well as law firms, legal associations and advocacy organizations."