J'can immigration attorney making a difference amid Trump's onslaught

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Prominent Jamaican-born immigration attorney, Winston Tucker, is making a huge impact on the Caribbean community in the United States amid attacks on immigrants by US President Donald J Trump.

The Queens-based Tucker told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he has established “a very satisfying immigration law practice” that he integrates with caring for his family, engaging in community service, teaching and media appearances.

Tucker, who considers himself a family and community immigration lawyer, has incorporated his immigration law practice with the ambitious agenda of the Queens-based Caribbean Immigrants Services, Inc (CIS), which he co-founded with his compatriot, Irwine Clare “to bridge the void created by the reduction in government services to the immigrant community in general and the Caribbean community in particular.”

Tucker said his philosophy, shared by CIS, is that “the strength and effective function of family, businesses, communities and nation are interrelated, and closely correlate to their level of participation in the democratic process.

“As such, the focus continues to be services to the community that will impact their level of participation in their governance, improve their economic circumstances, leading to economic and political empowerment,” he said.

He added that this philosophy continues to be relevant “because of the emerging and converging situations that remind the advocates among us that the attacks on immigration/migrant population, those searching for opportunities and socio-economic security, are not over.

“We are reminded that people will continue to gravitate to geographic areas that hold the promise for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They will move to areas that afford them the chance to recover from failed international and local policies and experiments.

“Immigration, therefore, is the responsibility of host and home governments,” he said, adding “both must be lobbied.”

Tucker said his community advocacy is realised primarily through CIS and its “one-stop-shop empowerment centre” concept.

“This concept that is taken into the community at home and abroad, through a network of churches, community service organisations, clubs and media is an example of community empowerment through collective action,” he said.

“This advocacy that pushes legalising the undocumented and naturalising legal permanent residents, in a world where government downsizing and/or re-engineering is placing emphasis on private enterprise and self-reliance, makes the community outreach efforts of Winston Tucker and The Caribbean Immigrants Services, Inc. an important and necessary catalyst for our community and full participation in the democratic process in the coming years,” said Tucker, who received his Juris Doctor (JD), law, degree from Brooklyn Law School.

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