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Immigrants in New York- Can No Longer Considered As “Illegal Aliens”

The term “illegal alien” is no longer acceptable in New York when referring to immigrants who are present there illegally. It’s related to the decision New York made to ban the term “inmate” when referring to criminals. The modification was made after Governor Kathy Hochul signed new legislation.

Gov. Hochul signed Assembly Bill A10147/Senate Bill S9333 into law on Friday, December 9, 2022. It modifies the terminology of New York State’s statutes to eliminate the terms “alien” and “illegal immigrant,”

Phrases “noncitizen” and “undocumented noncitizen” are used in replacement of “alien” and “illegal alien.”
The law supports the move by stating that the present terminology is debatable,

A divide between “us” and “them” has stayed as being essential to the restriction of immigration into the United States and immigrant inclusion within the country, even though migration has contributed to the social, economic, and political foundations of the United States for hundreds of years.

New York State will give recently arrived immigrants free legal services

Governor Kathy Hochul declared on November 30, 2022, that immigrants who entered New York State this year will get free legal support. 3 legal service grants have been launched by New York to support the hundreds of immigrants who have entered New York this year.

To offer free legal services connected to immigration, the New York State Office for New Americans will manage $3 million over 3 years. The funds will be used to assist immigrants with the necessary documentation and court appearances.

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