In order to address the major uptick in immigration arrests happening nationwide. New data released by ICE last week showed that since President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, arrests are up by 40%.
Among the panelists are: Jose Interiano from Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Tiffany Wheatland-Disu from The New York Immigration Coalition, TJ Mills, Regional Immigration Attorney, Justice for Our Neighbors, and Eve Guillergan, OCA-NY Member and Immigration Attorney.
The forum took place at the Chinese Promise Baptist Church on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 to 4 p.m., 842 41st Street, Brooklyn NY 11232. Around 60 members of the immigrant community were in attendance. Simultaneous Chinese translation was provided.
Chi Loek, President of OCA-NY stated, “In recognizing that we're a country of immigrants, we contribute to the growth of the economy, diverse culture, religion, and strength of our community. In times of need, we need to embrace and support our newcomers because they will be our future, just as I came to America as an immigrant more than 48 years ago.”
Winnie Hu, OCA-NY Board Member, Event Organizer and Chair of Development Committee stated, "There are a lot of immigrants who get in trouble with the law who are feeling very uncertain and fearful of how this would affect their petition for family members to come to America or how this would affect their citizenship status. Many of these immigrants are living in fear of deportation and are under great stress mentally and emotionally under the new Trump administration. We hope that by providing this Immigration forum, people can become more educated to protect themselves and their families"
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