City holds immigration public forum

Immigration advocates and city officials held a public forum Wednesday to explain the steps people can take to remain in the United States if they are at risk of deportation.



The meeting comes months after a Supreme Court decision blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration reform.



The president's deferred action for parents of Americans, referred to as DAPA, and deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA, may have been effectively blocked by the nation's high court, but there are still steps people can take.



The mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs says immigration status won't stop New Yorkers from getting access to health care, public education, emergency food services or immigration legal aid.



"Even without DAPA and DACA, we know many folks may qualify for their immigration relief and are not currently aware of it," says Kavita Paria Sanchez, an official.



Advocates also warned illegal immigrants from paying money for so-called "golden tickets" to legalization. They say that if it sounds too good to be true, it's not real.



Mayor Bill de Blasio is among dozens of other mayors who issued a letter urging the next president to commit to making immigration reform a priority within their first 100 days in office.


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