A worker’s union based in Chicago and Indiana wants to help immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, understand that they have civil rights in this country. Unite Here Local 1 believed one of the easiest ways for immigrants to learn their basic rights by heart was through a song. With so much confusion and reports about ICE picking up people every day, Unite Here hopes that this song can alleviate some of that stress while also making it easier to remember what to do if they’re ever put in that position.
Here’s a snippet of the song:
The Spanish lyrics say: “If immigration comes to arrest you, keep calm. You have the right not to sign anything and not to say anything. You have the right to remain silent, also the right to ask for an attorney.”
Angel Castillo of Unite Here Local 1, which represents more than 15,000 hospitality workers — nationally, Unite Here represents 300,000 workers — said in a press conference on Sunday that immigrants are constantly scrutinized and tormented about their situation.
“In Donald Trump’s America, immigrants live in fear. They kiss their families goodbye because they don’t know when they walk out of that door if they’ll ever see them again,” Castillo said, according to The Chicago-Sun Times. “So we do not sit still. We’ve got to do something about it. So we’re using music and technology to notify every immigrant in this city: you’ve got rights.”
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