On March 27 MMC hosted an event addressing 45’s travel ban. The program was lead by Michele Lampach, Esq. the Executive Director of UnLocal. UnLocal is a not-for-profit organization helping undocumented immigrants with legal aid. Lampach led the program providing everyone with the necessary knowledge about immigration, travel bans, Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA), and deportation laws. She then clearly outlined the steps to take when faced with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. The importance of proper documentation was stressed, if ever faced with an ICE officer. She explained that no has the right to enter your home without a warrant, specifically a judicial warrant. The documents ICE officers may show are often times administrative warrants, not judicial. The documentation they provide must be signed by a judge and you have the right not to let them into your home if it they do not have one. The space was then open for questions. Someone asked as to how the situation would be handled if government agents arrived at the school.
The response provided was that the security staff will require documentation of valid legal subpoena or warrant before allowing government agents to enter the college. If a subpoena or warrant is provided it will be assessed by the President’s cabinet and by legal counsel on its validity. It is important to know that the College is a safe place for students and student’s information will not be released. When 45 was elected, it evoked fear within many people. Some of those people being undocumented immigrants or the children of undocumented immigrants. What would this mean for these families? Would they be torn apart because of one man’s hatred and mission to “Make America Great Again”? Will they now bow their heads in fear that their status will have them deported? Several people were defeated and felt as if they’ve lost their natural rights. The fear to ask a question about immigration and deportation rights without revealing your or someone else’s status is what keeps people uninformed.
Through this type of programing the school is saying that they support their students, they are safe here, and are providing students with the necessary knowledge needed if faced with this situation. Whether students are directly affected by immigration rights or not, it is still very important to be aware of these policies in order to be an ally to this community.
For more information please feel free to visit the UnLocal website where they are committed to serving legal needs to immigrant communities in New York City. Visit Unlocal at unlocal.org.