New immigration service office opens in Spring Valley

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A Rockland community is now offering free legal aid for immigrants who are afraid of being deported.

The new initiative comes amid the uproar over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy at the border.

Spring Valley joined forces with the Hispanic-American Lions Club and the nonprofit group Immigrant Hands to open the office in Village Hall.

It provides free consultations and legal aid free of charge for residents.

Gisela Chavez is one of the two immigration attorneys specializing in deportation defense. She says she plans to take on a variety of cases, including naturalization.

Residents will be asked to fill out a form before they meet with a lawyer. The office also provides translators for those who speak Spanish, French and Creole.

Chavez says people should not be afraid to reach out because the office is a safe space.

"Their information is confidential," says Chavez. "We are here to protect. We are here to help."

The immigration service office is accepting donations and is looking for volunteers.

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