The Sanctuary District initiative will provide free legal services and counseling to immigrants who may face deportation or delays in citizenship applications.
“The Trump administration has been mounting a witch hunt,” Hamilton said, “We know the majority of all immigrant communities are seeking a better way of life for their children, wanting to live the American dream.”
The services and an emergency hotline at (800) 213-6385 are provided through the newly created Immigrant Defense Coalition.
Hamilton’s uncle is 101 and the oldest immigrant from Barbados living in the United States, so the issue is personal.
“He came to this country before World War II and served our country during wartime,” Hamilton said. “His story is one of many stories of service and sacrifice.”
Joining Hamilton at the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community Center in Prospect Heights were faith and community-based leaders.
“We are overjoyed by all the groups willing to stand up for the rights of immigrants, and we are proud of the American values of diversity and inclusion,” said Ade Oluwo, president of the Nigerian American Muslim Integrated Community said.
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke introduced legislation that would end the president’s executive orders withholding federal funds for sanctuary cities.
“Without sanctuary in New York City, undocumented immigrants are forced to live with the fear that any contact with the government – even a call to the local police precinct to report a crime – could result in deportation,” she said. “Nobody in New York City should have to live in fear of Donald Trump.”