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County Executive McCoy Launches New Webpage for Immigrants Ahead of ICE Raids

July 12, 2019

Reminds Residents to Utilize County Immigration Assistance Center

Ahead of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids scheduled for Sunday targeting an estimated 2,000 undocumented immigrants, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today a new webpage on the county website dedicated to connecting those who may be detained and those representing detainees with the proper resources.

“The President has immorally weaponized ICE for his own political agenda to stoke fear in immigrant communities across this country, instead of targeting violent criminals as has been done in the past. While Albany and the Capital Region were not listed specifically as a target, I’m not leaving anything to chance,” said County Executive McCoy.

“Immigrants have rights, plain and simple, which is why I established our Office of Immigration Assistance two years ago, now serving fourteen counties from here to Saint Lawrence County. We stand ready to offer training, language support, expert legal advice for defense attorneys and helpful information to anyone in need.”

The new webpage has a “Know Your Rights” section for immigrants in case they are approached by ICE officials, including their rights to remain silent and not engage with the federal agent. There is also a section for “Emergency Preparedness,” if someone is concerned that they may be detained or deported, as well as a range of resources for those representing immigrants in legal matters and the full list of counties being served.

Those who are detained by ICE are encouraged to call the Immigration Assistance Hotline at 1-833-373-2677 for help. The webpage can be found at the below link:

http://www.albanycounty.com/immigrationassistance.aspx

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy