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. We are emailing out regular action steps and will update this page with those items. If you would like to be added to our email list, contact Katie Graves-Abe.
Thank you to everyone who joined the rally for the Immigrant Protection Act on August 7th. We are deeply gratified to have the support of the majority of the Westchester Board of Legislators and for the leadership of Legislator Borgia, who worked tirelessly alongside us to create the Immigrant Protection Act. We are also incredibly grateful to the collaborative effort by a stellar collection of advocates, including New York Immigration Coalition, Westchester Hispanic Coalition, John Jay Legal Services, and our own Neighbors Link Community Law Practice, who worked to bring this bill forward.
While we are not at all surprised that County Executive Astorino will veto the bill, we are, nonetheless, disappointed that he chooses to willfully disregard the will of the majority of legislators and by extension, their constituents, who support this bill. It is our hope that in the end, we will be able to harness support to override his veto and this vital piece of legislation.
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.
People often come to us looking for advice on how to respond to false information they hear about immigrants. We will be updating these myths and realities often in the next few weeks:
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
Immigration Myth 5: Immigrants are bringing a crime wave to the United States
Immigration Myth 6: Immigrants are stressing our public schools