NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Teresa Vivar has a simple warning for undocumented immigrants: Know your rights.
Tensions in New Brunswick’s immigrant community have risen after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested six people with alleged gang ties last week on civil immigration charges. The raids began early Thursday, sweeping up people on their way to work and causing activists like Vivar to question whether ICE planned to only go after gang members.
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While some people on social media applauded the raids, Vivar fought back tears in an online video as she explained how children have been afraid to attend school and parents have worried about being deported. But, she told TAPinto New Brunswick, undocumented immigrants can take preemptive action to protect themselves.
“Learn to use your fear to empower yourself,” Vivar said, “because, as a worker paying taxes, you deserve respect and legal representation, as anybody
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