State Senator Tony Avella is extending his office hours today to offer immigration assistance to anyone in the area who needs it.
Avella is partnering with an immigration attorney from CUNY Law School to provide information to the community. His Bayside office will be open from 5 to 7 p.m.
This week’s attorney is bilingual is English and Korean. Anyone interested in meeting with the attorney is asked to call Avella’s office at 718-357-3094 to reserve a spot.
“This country was built on the backs of immigrants who came here looking for a better life for their families, many of them fleeing persecution,” he said. “To deny them entry or support is to deny our American values etched in stone on the Statue of Liberty.”
The effort is part of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)’s Immigrant Defense Coalition. The IDC has also established an emergency hotline: 1-800-213-6385.
The IDC will also prioritize funding for immigration groups that provide services for New Yorkers in this year’s budget.
“The IDC and I will continue to fight to fund programs that aid immigrants and ensure that any person who needs help or resources knows that my office door is open to assist them,” Avella said. “To the immigrants of Queens, and all of America, know that my office will always advocate on your behalf.”