Last updated July 12, 2019.
Statement from Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs:
“The Trump Administration’s threats of immigration enforcement have many families worried. The de Blasio Administration wants to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, know that they have rights and protections under the law. If you are worried about what the President’s actions could mean for you and your loved ones—particularly if you have ever been in deportation proceedings, have received an order from immigration court, or have concerns about your immigration status—call the ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 to receive free and safe immigration legal help.
In the face of heartless raids that would tear families apart, we remain steadfast in our commitment to defend immigrant communities. It is critically important for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, to know that you have rights and protections under the law if you are approached by federal immigration enforcement in your home, on the street, or in public. New York City—your City—has your back and offers free and safe immigration legal help through ActionNYC.”
If you are approached by federal immigration enforcement agents, such as ICE, be aware that you have rights. Download our fact sheet to learn more about what to do in an encounter with immigration enforcement.
The Immigrant Defense Project has also developed materials on rights in encounters with federal immigration enforcement that we’re sharing with the community:
The City has invested over $48 million in immigration legal services so that immigrant New Yorkers have access to case representation, emergency planning (such as parental designations and standby guardianship planning), and more. City-funded providers are available through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 1-800-354-0365.
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Know Your Rights (KYR) events are held across the city to help inform New Yorkers about their legal rights, including when interacting with federal immigration enforcement.
• In 2018 alone, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) conducted nearly 700 forums in immigrant communities.
• Additionally, nine community organizations partner with MOIA to conduct KYRs across the city specifically about federal immigration enforcement.
Particularly in moments of fear, immigrant communities are vulnerable to immigration legal services fraud. New Yorkers can avoid fraud from scammers and notarios by consulting trusted and qualified immigration legal services providers. City-funded providers are available through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 1-800-354-0365.