After continuous attacks on our Immigrant community by the Trump Administration, we are focused on protecting them. As Imigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) agents begin divisive raids, we must prevent this inhumane treatment of our brothers and sisters solely based on their documentation status. It is with the help of our community that we continue #BuildingABetterBronx for our Immigrant families so please read how to be most prepared.
HOW TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORS:
- Know the contact information for local houses of worship.
- Houses of worship are considered ‘sanctuary spaces’ for all individuals, regardless of citizenship status.
- Contact your local, trustworthy businesses for assistance in case of any I.C.E raid.
- Also, be sure businesses are willing and able to provide safety for undocumented individuals.
- Designate a back-up caregiver.
- Assign a trusted friend or relative to assume guardianship over your children should ICE arrest, detain or deport you.
- Film and record.
- In order to obtain first-hand evidence of inhumane treatment, the ‘record-button’ is your best friend.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
- You ALWAYS have the right to remain silent
- “Anything you say can and will be used against you.”
- After an arrest, individuals always have the right to remain silent. Individuals may declare that they will not answer questions until they have spoken to their attorney.
- You ALWAYS have the right to ask for a judicial warrant of search and seizure.
- Without a warrant granted by judicial courts, no I.C.E. agent may enter your home.
- You may always state that you do not consent to public searches. Without a warrant or consent, I.C.E. agents may not lawfully engage in a search.
- DO NOT become physical or resist violently.
- Engaging in violence provides I.C.E. Agents with opportunities to declare instances of a “threat” and the obstruction of justice.
- Instances of such have a greater likelihood of resulting in immediate arrest, detention, deportation, or even violent action taken by I.C.E. Agents.
- ActionNYC- free, confidential immigration assistance.
- Call 1-800-354-0365 between 9 AM and 6 PM, Monday- Friday.
- Or, dial 311 and say “ActionNYC”
- The Office of New Americans Multilingual Hotline
- Call 1-800-566-7636
- The Office of New York State Assembly Member, Michael A. Blake
- Call +1 (718) 538-3829
- Or, visit 780 Concourse Village West, Ground Fl. Professional, Bronx, NY 10451