Undocumented Immigrants

New York State is home to over 4.4 million immigrants and now a new initiative will guarantee them access to legal assistance.

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President-Elect Donald Trump, in his first broadcast interview since winning last Tuesday's election, spoke of his plan to deport as many as three million undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions shortly after taking office. Local legal experts say that's unlikely to happen, given an existing backlog of deportation cases.


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The owner of four local Mexican restaurants, as well as two other individuals, are charged with harboring illegal immigrants after federal agents raided the eateries late Tuesday morning.

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Violence flows at the Mexican border where many seek asylum in the United States. That issue will be highlighted Wednesday night as the 33rd Annual Father A. Joseph Bissonnette Lain America Event will be held at Daemen College in Amherst.

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A bill that would make illegal immigrants in New York State eligible for financial aid is running in to some local opposition. 

The legislation introduced recently by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would apply to children of illegals who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years. 

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak says Albany has cut back on the Tuition Assistance Program in recent years. The Cheektowaga Democrat says if anything, funding should be restored to TAP  first.

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has announced his support for a program that would provide tuition aid to illegal immigrants.

That proposal is receiving harsh local criticism a from both sides of the aisle. Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti claimed the initiative would be unfair to legal residents of the state who struggle with tuition costs.

Two Democratic hopefuls in a challenge to Grisanti also panned the plan.

Al Coppola and Charles Swanick stated that the program would be an unfair challenge to legal residents and an unnecessary burden on taxpayers.
 

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Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has proposed extending aid for higher education in New York State to illegal immigrants.

The bill, presented on Friday, would make government financial aid and low-interest loans available to illegal immigrants in an effort to provide them better opportunities to gain employment. The initiative comes on the heals of President Obama's Dream Act.

There has been no reaction from state Republicans nor the Governor.