A Rule Is Changed for Young Immigrants, and Green Card Hopes Fade

Under a new interpretation, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said that applicants in New York who were over 18, but not yet 21, when they began the application process no longer qualify.

News Story (New York)

Liz Robbins
New York Times (NYT)
April 18, 2018

Tags: Deportation, Immigration Process, Juvenile Justice

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City), Door, The (NY), Atlas DYI (NYC)


So far, at least 81 applicants from the New York City area have been denied or were told they would soon be denied by the immigration agency, according to The Legal Aid Society of New York. In total, more than 1,000 young people across the state, not all of them from Central America, could be affected.

Although there are other states that follow a process similar to New York’s, including California, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington, lawyers believe that New York has seen the most denials.