People often come to us looking for advice on how to respond to false information they hear about immigrants. Over the next few weeks, we will be sending out regular emails to debunk many of these dangerous immigration myths and we will update these myths below:
Immigration Myth 1: Immigrants Don't Pay Taxes
Immigration Myth 2: Immigrants aren't learning English
Immigration Myth 3: Immigrants take jobs from native-born residents
Immigration Myth 4: Undocumented immigrants are receiving extensive public benefits
In record numbers, you have called, emailed and stopped by Neighbors Link to ask what you can do to support immigrants. Thank you for standing up in this critical time. Over the next few weeks, we will be sending out regular emails with action steps you can take. On this page, we will list each of those action steps as we send them out.
We know many people attended the Mount Kisco March & Rally on May 7th and in the rallies in support of Diego Puma. Thank you! We will post upcoming events here soon.
Many people ask us for talking points on how to articulate their support for immigrants in our community. Here are a few sentences that you can use when the time is right.
Immigrants are good for our country, our economy, and our democracy. Most of us are descended from immigrants, and we know from our own family histories that when immigrants are integrated into a community, everyone thrives. I am going to stand up for the immigrants who are my neighbors.
Many people have asked us for the best way to stay updated on immigration issues, both at a national and local level. Two reliable groups to follow are:The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), particularly for local updates on immigration issues in New York. Neighbors Link is a member of NYIC.The National Immigration Law Center, particularly for legal updates on immigration issues.
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) has released a statement on ICE Enforcement Operations in New York that we wanted to share:To report raids/ICE actions contact United We Dream Migra Watch Hotline at 1-844-363-1423 and/or Immigrant Defense Project at 212-725-6422. Please do not spread second-hand, unverified rumors of ICE sightings or raids on social media or email. It can create additional panic and trauma throughout the community. Please do your best to confirm the rumor with a direct eye-witness and then report to the groups mentioned above. If you yourself are a witness to an ICE action please document as many details as possible including who, what, where, when and how. Badge numbers, names, photos and video can be especially helpful.