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CPS Supports Immigrant Families

CPS Supports Immigrant Families
Posted on 03/03/2017
world familiesCambridge Public Schools is hosting a series of workshops aimed at providing immigrant families with unbiased, accurate information about their legal rights. The workshops are provided by the Cambridge Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship, following a national training model developed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR).

The first workshop, held February 28 at the high school, drew around 30 people – the majority of whom had personal concerns about recent changes to U.S. immigration policy. Also in attendance were a few concerned allies from the local community.

Deputy Police Superintendent Christine Elow attended for the first 20 minutes, to introduce herself and the police department as allies of the local immigrant community. She participated in some role-plays and explained that Cambridge police are trained not to ask questions related to immigration, as part of the city’s status as a Sanctuary City.

Among the topics covered in the training are:
  • Different types of immigration status
  • Recent Federal Executive Orders impacting immigrants
  • Responding if questioned by immigration officials
  • Understanding your Fourth Amendment rights
  • When and why it’s important to have an immigration attorney
  • Protecting yourself from scams that prey on immigrants
Families had time to ask a variety of questions and to seek advice in a supportive environment. CPS’s efforts to support all students and families was recently featured in a story about similar initiatives from throughout Greater Boston. Read the story >>
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The next workshop will be held Thursday, March 9 at 6PM at Kennedy-Longfellow School. A light meal will be provided at 5:30 PM and childcare and language assistance (Spanish and Haitian Creole) will be available.
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