April 2017                                                                                                  VOLUME 5, EDITION 2
"A Day Without Immigrants"

A Day without Immigrants, which took place on February 16th, was meant to send a message to Washington about their importance in their communities around the US. Both workers and students participated, refusing to go to work, run businesses, spend money or go to school. The Davis Museum at Wellesley College recognized and supported the protest by covering up or removing artwork created by immigrants. 

The protest was a response to the tighter border controls and travel restrictions made in the new administration. The argument being made is the impact of migrants on quality of life and the economy.

Many businesses showed their support in tweets, such as Eataly's post: #WeWereAllImported


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Before the Wall: Life Along the U.S. - Mexico Border
"Written by Azam Ahmed, Manny Fernandez and Paulina Villegas;Photographs by Bryan Denton, Tamir Kalifa and Mauricio Lima." 
The current wall is a mix of tall cement polls, short wired fences and metal bars. The border spans over 1,900 miles across California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. In some areas, such as Ciudad Ju árez, Mexico, the towering metal bars stop and become short wooden barriers through open fields.  "Before the Wall: Life Along the U.S. Mexico Border" tells the stories of people living along the border. The stories are a mix in favor of stricter border control, to those worried about it, then some who are indifferent. 

In Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico, located on the edge of the Rio Bravo, residents have lived in fear of gangs and local crime. "I am actually glad he [President Trump] is building that wall, because maybe it will help undermine all those illegal activities," Enrique Cervera, town chronicler, stated. He remembers a time when tourists came to visit the historical village, but crime has lowered these numbers. 

In El Paso, another resident has a more indifferent response. "We're so used to seeing people crossing over that we just see them and say, 'Oh, O.K.'". Manny Silva Rodriquez and her husband own property that backs up against the tall metal border fence and has become used to seeing migrants climb over the fence. At first, she comments, Ms. Rodriquez was opposed to it, but after living in El Paso her entire life, she became used to it.

In Brownsville, Texas, another resident is opposed to the wall, but for various reasons. Having lived in Brownsville his entire life, he remembers a time when they had land that expanded beyond the border. Back in the Bush administration, he received notice of being sued for their land where a wall was then built. "They put the border wall right through the middle of it. The federal government didn't ask me. They could have made a call, sent a letter. No, they just sued us. It's not a good feeling," Tony Zavaleta said. His family was paid about $3,500 for roughly three acres of land. This is not the only reason he is opposed to the wall, he said. "The fact that the construction and the investment of billions of dollars is going to begin again is almost laughable. When you have a solid wall, there's no question that you have the feeling of being boxed-in."

Also available in Spanish:  Leer en Español
Know Your Rights


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization  in the nation. They've compiled information for individuals in the case of an immigration raid or an encounter with ICE. 

Staying calm during an immigration raid, or if ICE comes to your door can be difficult, but knowing these five tips can help. United We Dream advises these following tips:

If ICE appears at your door, do not let them in unless they have a signed warrant. Ask to see the warrant through a window or by sliding under the door. If they do not have a signed warrant by a criminal court judge, they can only come in if you let them. Also at this time, do not sign anything without first consulting an attorney. Having a trustworthy attorney to help explore options and for consultation will be helpful. Always keep the attorney's contact information on your person at all times.

Keep silent, or say: "I plead the fifth amendment and choose to remain silent", as anything you say can and will be used against you. Consult an attorney first. This is especially important during an immigration raid at a work place.

Other things to keep in mind are:
  • Do not show any documents without an attorney present. Do not show false documents. It is best not to have/carry false documents.
  • Carry the card of a trustworthy attorney, or a know your rights card (English and Spanish).
  • ICE can approach you at your home, place of work, a health center or on the street. Never run from police or ICE.

For more information about United We Dream and their mission, click  here.


IN THIS ISSUE

NATIONAL HEALTH OBSERVANCES
   
April

Know-Your-Rights Video & Additional Resources
OFFICIAL CHIRLA Know your Rights Video
OFFICIAL CHIRLA Know your Rights Video

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers has compiled a list of resources available in multiple languages to support health centers and their patients regarding their rights and how to act in various situations involving immigration enforcement. 

These resources include knowing your rights information for both health centers and individuals, as well as what to do when/if being questioned by Police, FBI Customs Agents or Immigration Officers. For a full list of Immigration Materials, please visit  Immigration Materials.

Here are some quick links (pdf):


If you have other additional information or materials in other languages, please contact Savanna Gardner to add them to this list.

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is alcohol awareness month. The  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) strives to bring awareness to and reduce stigma around alcohol-related issues. This years theme is "Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery," which will focus on the treatment and prevention of alcoholism. NCADD will work with schools, colleges and other community organizations to provide education and awareness. 

NCADD provides various resources for individuals, parents and educators such as:

" Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!" (NCADD).

For more information, click  here .

 

Where to Look for Resources: Farmworker Health Network

For key resources and farmworker health guides, please refer to the Farmworker Health Network (FHN). The FHN is a group of six National Cooperative Agreements in migrant health funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical assistance and training to migrant health centers. Click here for a comprehensive list of FHN agencies.  

Outreach Resource Corner  

 

A flyer with information about free immigration consultations with volunteer attorneys. 
 
Additional resources for refugee and immigrants regarding legal services. Available in various languages.
Upcoming Events 


April 18: CRVFHP Monthly Meeting
Location: Conference Call

May 2-5: Community Health Institute and Exhibit Fair
Location: Seacrest Hotel, Falmouth

May 22-24: NACHC Conference for Agricultural Worker Health
Location: Savannah, GA 

   
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Notes from the Field, please send it to  Savanna Gardner.