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Announcement from NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs about Immigration Raids

NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs made an announcement about Immigration Raids that recently there is lots of concern regarding Immigration raids.  They have received many calls from people who fear such raids.  At this time there are no confirmed reports of immigration raids in New York City.  Review the official statement below from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs  about Immigration raids.

Immigration Raids – Information and Resources
Updated 1/6/2016
The city is disturbed to hear reports of federal immigration raids, targeting families of adults and
children from Central America. We are closely monitoring this developing situation.
The U.S. should be a place of refuge for families fleeing violence and persecution. We understand
that many of these individuals may have experienced heinous acts of violence in their home
countries, and they may not have had access to legal help to pursue humanitarian relief in the
United States.
All New Yorkers should know that anyone who resides in our city, regardless of immigration status,
has the right to access City services with a sense of security and peace of mind, including education,
emergency food and shelter, legal services, and municipal ID.
Also, New York City together with the City Council has made significant investments in connecting
recently arrived children and families with City services, including legal services.
What is happening?
• In January 2016, the federal government began arresting some individuals and families who
recently arrived in the United States from Central American countries and who have received a
final order of deportation from an immigration judge.
• In many of these cases, individuals received a final order of deportation because they did not
appear at their immigration court hearing or they did not have access to adequate legal help to
pursue humanitarian relief in the U.S. Many of these individuals may have experienced acts of
violence in their home countries and came to the U.S. to flee violence and persecution.
• As of January 5, 2016, 121 individuals have been arrested nationwide so far. These arrests
mostly took place in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina. There have been no confirmed
reports of immigration arrests of this kind in New York City.
What is the City’s involvement?
• The City of New York is not involved in these immigration enforcement actions.
• We are closely monitoring the situation to ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of
immigration status, have the right to access city services with a sense of security and peace of
mind.
• New York City’s schools are open to all NYC children regardless of immigration status. The New
York City Department of Education (and other city agencies) does not share information with
immigration authorities about children and families who are enrolled in public schools.
What are the rights of immigrant families in New York City?
• Privacy City agencies are forbidden by Executive Order 41 to ask about immigration status unless it is necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. If an individual does share his or her immigration status or other confidential information with City employees, City employees may not report this to anyone, except when it is necessary for the investigation of an illegal activity, other than mere status as an undocumented immigrant.
• Language Access City agencies that provide direct social services are required by law to arrange for interpretation in individuals’ primary languages.
• City Services All New Yorkers have the right to access most City services, regardless of immigration status, including education, emergency food and shelter, legal services, and municipal ID.
Where can immigrant families go for help?
• Immigration Legal Help New York State New Americans Hotline: Call (800) 566-7636 for a referral to free confidential immigration legal help in over 200 languages. UnitedWeDream Hotline: Call (844) 363-1423 to report information about an immigration raid.
• Other services for recently arrived immigrant children This Resource and Referral Guide provides information on services available to recently arrived immigrant children and their families and caretakers. These services include education, child and family welfare, health, legal, and other services. English version: http://www.nyc.gov/html/imm/html/recently-arrived/recently-arrived.shtml Spanish version: http://www.nyc.gov/html/imm/html/recently-arrived/guia.shtml
• IDNYC The IDNYC is a government-issued photo identification card that is available to all City residents age 14 and older. Immigration status does not matter. The IDNYC is accepted by the NYPD as proof of identification. Make an appointment at: http://www1.nyc.gov/

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