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Source: News 12 - Long Island
Subject: Civil Rights & Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Westchester organization providing assistance for migrants seeking help

Make The Road New York is helping lend a hand to those who have left their home countries and are seeking safety and a better life in the United States.

“He said that he came here because of death threats that he experienced in his country,” said Make The Road New York’s Jennifer Ulloa, who was translating for Peru native Jose Roger. Roger left his country eight months ago and was forced to temporarily leave his wife and daughters behind.

He was a part of a union and being a part of that, came with the risks that he endured,” added Ulloa.

“We’re helping those folks by making sure that they know how to do things like enroll their kids in school, or access legal services because many are applying for asylum,” said Make The Road New York Co-Executive Director Theo Oshiro. “We have lawyers who are helping them navigate that very complex situation.”

Organizers say while the majority of migrants come to the US from Latin America, they are starting to see an increase in those seeking asylum, from African countries as well.