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Rally for Saira

Today at 1pm there was a rally for Saira Rafiee, of the PhD program in Political Science, who was impacted by Donald Trump’s disgusting executive order regarding movement of peoples into the U.S. Bob Nelson, recently retired from the GC, was on hand and passed on this account:

I was at the rally for Saira Rafiee at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn this afternoon.  About 100 were in attendance, mostly students, and lots of media, both local and national. The BP [Brooklyn Borough President], Eric Adams, MC’d. He read Saira’s Facebook post in its entirety, and expanded the issue to include K-12 students and parents who might now be separated. Hercules Reid of the USS gave a lovely speech, and Barbara [Bowen, PSC President] an impassioned one. Our own Matt Schoengood [Vice President of Student Affairs] read a statement from GC administration. The NYC Deputy Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs also spoke and reiterated the various ways in which the City would stand against Federal immigration activities. The press asked Adams for his opinion of the NYS Senate bill that would require colleges to compile lists of foreign students, and he shot that down with “Bad idea! We don’t make lists.”


Did you go to the event for today and have a report from the rally? Let us know! Also, please be on the lookout for more events in support of Saira in the coming days.

Material Re: Sanctuary Campuses and Legal Resources For Students

FYI for members! More conversation on this to be had at today’s chapter meeting.


Sample Syllabus Language

“As an educator, I fully support the rights of undocumented students to an education and to live free from the fear of deportation. If you have any concerns in that regard, feel free to discuss them with me, and I will respect your wishes concerning confidentiality.


[And final sentence options:]

A) Furthermore, I am committed to resisting any and all attacks on immigrants, including threats of deportation, and will urge CUNY to serve as a sanctuary.

B) Furthermore, I am committed to making CUNY a sanctuary campus for undocumented immigrants, not just in word but in deed – through the campus community refusing to allow ICE to enter our campus and refusing to cooperate with and struggling to prevent any government attempts to ascertain the immigration status of members of our community or to detain or deport undocumented immigrants.”


Oh Crap! What Now? Survival Guide

This website provides a list of legal (and other) resources for individuals who may experience legal issues related to their immigration status. The majority of resources are non-country specific, but in NYC the ones listed tend to cater more to Spanish-speaking communities. www.theworldisaterribleplace.com/ohcrap/the-legal-system-and-you/immigration-issues-and-documents


CUNY CLEAR is a project of the CUNY Law School, and provides legal resources for individuals who are Muslim, Arab, or South Asian. www.cunyclear.org


Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) is a community-based organization in Queens. They do more community organizing than legal advice, but you should know about their work. www.drumnyc.org


Resources for Immigrant Students at CUNY

CUNY Citizenship Now! is a free and confidential legal assistance program that is available to the CUNY community. Immigrant students who have not yet consulted with a CUNY Citizenship Now! attorney are advised to do so ASAP. A list of sites and contact information is included below; more information along with a full list of services provided can be found on the web site: http://www.cuny.edu/citizenshipnow


CUNY Citizenship Now! Campus-Based Immigration Centers

Hostos Community College Immigration Center

427 Walton Ave., T-501, Bronx, NY 10451

Tel. 718-518-4395

Languages spoken: English and Spanish

Hours: 9:00 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday); Closed for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

By Appointment Only


Medgar Evers College Immigration Center

1150 Carroll St., Room 226, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Tel: 718-270-6292

Languages spoken: English, Spanish and Polish

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday); Closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


City College Immigration Center

160 Convent Ave., North Academic Center, Rm. 1-206, New York, NY 10031

Tel. 212-650-6620

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian and Haitian Creole

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday); Closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only


CUNY Xpress Immigration Center (New Location)

5030 Broadway, Suite 615 (between 213th and 214th Streets), New York, NY 10034

Tel. 646-664-9350

Languages spoken: English and Spanish

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)


Flushing Immigration Center

39-07 Prince St., Suite 2B, Flushing, NY 11354

Tel. 718-640-9223

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


York College Immigration Center

Welcome Center Atrium, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11451

Tel. 718-262-2983

Languages spoken: English and Spanish

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday), Closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only


CUNY CLEAR advice at a glance.

January 30th Chapter Meeting


See you on the 30th!

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