Low income immigrants face numerous obstacles in obtaining government assistance for basic survival, in large part because the eligibility rules are complex and not easily understood by local benefit agencies. Immigrants also sorely need representation in applying for immigration benefits to which they are entitled. To this end, Empire Justice staff provide services, training and technical assistance to address these needs.
This section of the website provides information and resources both about immigrants and their access to public services and benefits.
PRESS STATEMENT: Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule
October 10, 2018
The Trump administration formally proposed a new rule that will force immigrant families to choose between many of life’s necessities – food, health care, housing – and the opportunity to continue to live and work in America. This proposed rule is clearly targeted at low-income people, disproportionately people of color, including elderly individuals, people with disabilities, and working immigrant families, whose work is often the backbone of local businesses and economies and whose children are primarily American citizens, and will have a negative effect on New York State.
This blog tells the true story of families seeking asylum in the United States- families that have gone through horrors not meant to be experienced, especially by children. Please be aware that some of the content may be considered graphic by some readers.
EMPIRE JUSTICE STATEMENT: Empire Justice Center Statement on DACA Repeal
September 08, 2017
Anger. Heartbreak. Action. With one stroke of a poisoned pen, the Trump administration is sending hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, families and communities around this great nation into terrible turmoil.