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COVID-19: What undocumented immigrants need to know during the outbreak

Posted at 8:19 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 08:43:35-04

NEW YORK — Some of the most vulnerable members of our communities are being crippled by coronavirus. Immigrants don't know where to turn and in many cases are afraid to come forward to get help because they're afraid of being detained.

Immigration attorney and activist Cesar Vargas says the U.S. citizenship and naturalization services have suspended operations in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Any upcoming face to face meetings for citizenship and naturalization have been rescheduled. Immigrants can check the Citizenship and Immigration website to get information of their status.

The other action that immigrants and DACA students can take is to reach out to their local City Council members and contact their congressional representative to share their concerns and ask for help.

ICE said they have suspended raids as we deal with COVID-19, however, there have been reports of ICE agents attempting to make home visits. It is important that immigrants know their rights during this time.

New York City has resources available specifically for immigrants. Anyone can access that information by calling 3-1-1.

You can also contact immigration attorney Cesar Vargas at CesarVargasNY.com.