Sen. Hamilton secures state funding for BK immigrants

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State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is helping a trio of local immigrant nonprofits raise funds as national concerns about immigration rise.

The senator's parents came to the United States from Barbados.

"I'm a product of immigrants," he says. "So we're here to make a statement against the Trump administration."

To achieve that, the Black Institute, Mobilization for Justice and Immigrant Justice Corps are receiving a total of $185,000 in funding.

Bertha Lewis, founder of the Black Institute, says her nonprofit just received a $75,000 check from the state as a result.

"We have one of the highest concentrations of immigrants right here in Central Brooklyn," Hamilton says. "So the need is here."

The groups provide funds for immigrants seeking citizenship, fighting deportation or seeking legal help. 

Event organizers say if you have any questions about your immigration status, you can call the Immigrant Defense Coalition at 1-800-213-6385.

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