Immigrants learn about legal rights at forum

Andrew Leong spoke on legal rights for immigrants Feb. 27. at the Asian American Civic Association. (Image courtesy of the Sampan editorial team.)

Immigrants learned about their legal rights at two “Know Your Rights” forums held Feb. 24 and Feb. 27 at the Asian American Civic Association. The community forum was presented by lawyers with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representative (PAIR) Project.

No matter who is president, everyone living in the United States has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution, said Jill Hwang, staff attorney from the Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, who spoke on Feb. 24.

Jill Hwang spoke on legal rights for immigrants Feb. 24. (Image courtesy of Hongyi Gong.)

Immigrants with status, pending status and undocumented immigrants have constitutional rights, said Andrew Leong, associate professor of law, social justice and Asian American Studies at UMass Boston. Leong spoke on Feb. 27.

If individuals need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person is authorized to give legal advice, according to the PAIR Project. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Board of Immigration Appeals-recognized organization can give legal advice.

Resources include free consultations through the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement on the first and third Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. Immigrants can also reach Greater Boston Legal Services for free consultations by calling (617) 371-1234.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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