2017-02-15 / Front Page

Senator Jose Peralta Creates “Sanctuary District 13” to Protect Immigrant Communities and Families

Press release provided by Senator Peralta's office

At a moment when President Donald Trump’s federal raids and virulent, un-American policies threaten immigrant communities throughout the city and the state, Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens) held an immigration forum at PS 19 on Wednesday and announced major steps he’s taking to protect immigrants in his district. 

The Senator’s hallmark initiative is the creation of a “Sanctuary District” in New York’s Senatorial District 13. As part of the efforts to protect immigrants, the Independent Democratic Conference set up the Immigrant Defense Coalition, which will provide legal services and resources to immigrants and their families. An emergency hotline 1-800-213-6385 was established for individuals to call for assistance with any immigration questions.


“As New York leads the way in so many social and economic issues, this is now the time to lead the way in protecting our immigrant families and communities from the threat of the new administration’s unjust policies,” said Senator Peralta. “I urge anyone who may need help to call the hotline number and seek assistance immediately.”

Senator Peralta’s office, alongside the offices of all the Independent Democratic Conference members, will keep their doors open to any immigrant who needs assistance. The IDC launched the Immigrant Defense Coalition, partnering with the New York Immigration Coalition, the Vera Institute for Justice, the Black Institute, CAMBA Legal Services and the Central American Legal Assistance. Further services will be provided through partnerships with leading immigration non-profits, including Chhaya Community Development and the Integration and Advancement of New Americans.     


At the forum, representatives from the Emerald Isle, Her Justice and CUNY/Citizenship Now joined the Senator in answering questions and distributing a “Know your Rights” informational sheet in the event an individual is stopped by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents.


“I want to make sure that my constituents know that they are not fighting alone against this administration, and this is why it is very important that they know what to do in case officers asked them about their immigration status, if they are approached or if they are taken into custody,” said Senator Peralta.

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