Building Community Among Diversity: Legal Services for Impoverished Immigrants

Part I of this Essay introduces the Immigrants’ Legal Needs Study (ILNS), which provides most of the data for this Essay. Part II focuses on immigrants’ access to legal assistance. It analyzes the problems and needs of recently arrived poor immigrants-both immigrants share with longer established poor residents as well as special needs related to immigrants’ residency status. Part III addresses the present day demography of our urban communities, including the levels of new immigration. Parts IV and V detail the legal difficulties faced by poor immigrants, the ways they deal with these problems, and community responses to these needs. Parts VI and VII explain the legal status differences between immigrants and the ways these differences impact their access to legal assistance. Finally, Part VIII suggests a vision for community renewal.