Elected officials visit immigrant communities in Sunset Park

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City Councilman Carlos Menchaca and Rep. Nydia Velazquez visited immigrant communities in Sunset Park Sunday.

The visit follows a week of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and a poster seemingly directed at undocumented immigrants placed in the subway nearby. The poster said, "If you are an illegal alien stay off of the train tomorrow! ICE will be doing a sweep, and you will be arrested."

The elected officials called the poster an example of fear mongering and say they don’t know where it came from. They say that was why it was so important to have the tour.

Velazquez says information is power when it comes to ICE. She says it's important the people know their rights, like their right to remain silent and their right to ask for a warrant. ICE agents cannot enter homes without a warrant.

Two stops on the tour included at St. Michaels Church on 42nd Street and Sunset Park Recreation Center.

Menchaca and Velazquez say the NYPD is not working with ICE and the immigrant community can trust New York City police officers.

 

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