LatinaLista — It was only a matter of time before advocates for the undocumented realized that the government was not the cavalry to come charging to the rescue of millions of undocumented living in a state of limbo.
Just as states and towns have passed punitive ordinances and laws targeting immigrants, organizations have surfaced offering immigrants some hope against a forced oppression.
Because more and more town councils can’t seem to see past their own noses and keep approving that their local law enforcement act as ICE agents, some towns in California have gotten smart.
Knowing that immigrants are the prime targets for many scam artists and criminal predators, especially these days, but feel helpless in reporting such crimes because they fear they will be deported and separated from their families, the Mexican Consulate in California started a program called JURIMEX.
JURIMEX, a toll-free number that connects the caller with experienced lawyers based in Fresno and Bakersfield, is up and running. The program, which has already been launched in Los Ãngeles and Northern California, is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The callers will get information that is precise, certain and valuable,” said Rosas at a press conference last Wednesday to introduce the service that went into effect this week. “The community needs to know its rights, but also its obligations. They need to be better informed.”
Everyone agrees that people new to the country make for better citizens when they are informed and know what the laws and rules of behavior are. For that reason, several cities across the country are considering creating an office of immigration affairs.
Just days after Tom Leppert was elected mayor of Dallas, he was approached by some of the city’s immigrants to create such an office to help immigrants in the community to better assimilate.
Starting July 24 in New Haven, Connecticut, ALL residents can apply and receive a municipal ID card.
New Haven ID cards
Believed to be the first in the country, the card, though it doesn’t confer citizenship, it does integrate all residents into the New Haven community so none are left in the shadows.
Available to citizens, as well as the burgeoning population of illegal immigrants, the card is being offered as a public safety enhancement as well as a means of integrating all residents into New Haven’s civic life.
Necessary documentation is similar to requirements of financial institutions and the city hopes local banks will accept the card as a way for immigrants to open accounts to protect their earnings and make them less vulnerable to crime.
Unlike the demeaning and punitive measures now being passed targeting the undocumented, these measures address the reality that 12 million people are in this country, living, working and raising families — and they’re not going anywhere.