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Immigrants affected by immigration law receive nonprofit help

Immigration continues to be a hotbed issue throughout the United States, including in New York. However, several nonprofits having taken steps to help immigrants in the Big Apple. As a result, immigrants who lack the proper documentation and are dealing with the political challenges revolving around today's immigration law are receiving some of the basic support they need.

Older immigrants are especially benefiting from nonprofit help. According to a recent report, immigrants make up more than 49 percent of the residents of New York City who are older than 65. Meanwhile, immigrants made up just 38 percent of this group back in 2000. In fact, there are currently more individuals over 65 in New York City than there are those 10 years old or younger.

Support from nonprofits is valuable for immigrants, especially elderly ones, because these immigrants face both cultural and language barriers. They are also much more likely to face more isolation and poverty compared with natives. In fact, according to the Center for an Urban Future, about 22 percent of seniors born in another country live in poverty compared with 15 percent of seniors born in the United States.

Along with receiving help from nonprofit organizations, immigrants -- both young and old -- who lack the necessary paperwork in New York may especially benefit from the legal guidance that an immigration law attorney can offer. This is particularly true for those who are interested in becoming U.S. citizens or are seeking another legally recognized status. An attorney can provide the necessary guidance so that one's goals are ultimately achieved even in today's complex political climate.

Source:, "Nonprofits Help Elderly Immigrants in New York City", July 30, 2017

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