LANGLEY PARK, MD. (December 16, 2016) _ CASA will hold a Know-Your- Rights seminar at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 18, to inform the public on how to proceed when encountering immigration officials and how to protect themselves and their families from illegal arrests. The seminar is part of International Migrant Day, a United Nations commemoration that highlights the struggles and contributions of immigrants throughout the world.
Since President-elect Donald Trump’s win in the November elections, the immigrant community has been plagued by fear and anxiety relating to the promises he made on the campaign trail. Those included deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants and building a wall between the United States and Mexico.
CASA’s efforts aim to tell immigrants of their rights no matter what the person’s immigration status is. The seminar will also inform the public on how best to support each other and form action committees to resist moves that strip people of their rights.
More than 10 staff from our legal department and other volunteers will be on hand to help people with DACA renewals and other documents.
“Our community is clamoring to find out more on what we expect once the new administration steps in,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “The truth is no one knows but we want to give immigrants the tools they need to stand their ground.”
The issue of immigration is one that is hardly unique to this country.
The number of international migrants — persons living in a country other than where they were born — reached 244 million in 2015 worldwide. That’s a 41 percent increase compared to 2000, according to new data presented by the United Nations.
Growing developmental, demographic and democratic disparities that exist between different world regions exacerbate this matter and force many to leave their country in search of a better life. It is expected that migration throughout the world will accelerate in the years to come unless the powerful economic, social and political forces driving these movements are addressed compassionately by governments throughout the world.
On December 4, 2000, the UN General Assembly, proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants. Ten years earlier on that date, the assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.