Welcoming The Stranger: Immigration in America Today

On Wednesday evening at Central Synagogue, The Legal Aid Society was proud to present a panel discussion “Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration in America Today.” Members of the faith community joined interested New Yorkers in a spirited discussion of the legal challenges that face our immigrant communities today.

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin of Central Synagogue moderated a lively conversation among our four panelists: Peter Markowitz, Founder and Director of the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo Law School; Maribel Hernandez Rivera, Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Raluca Oncioiu, Program Director of Catholic Charities; and Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit.

Our panelists spoke to a number of the issues facing immigrants across the city: from the drastic changes in enforcement policy among immigration officials to the response of New York City’s government as a Sanctuary City. To finish the night, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the City Council, offered her support to our immigrant communities in her keynote speech. The evening was a great success for The Legal Aid Society as we continue to educate our city on the important work that we and our partners are doing for New Yorkers in need.