Walking with Muslims and Immigrants in These Days

Note: New York City as a Sanctuary City
The Gothamist reported on November 15 that “sanctuary city” policies prohibit coordination and information sharing between city agencies and federal immigration authorities, but the city cannot prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from operating within the city.

Advice for Muslims (especially non-citizens)

Brief guidance for Muslims has been prepared by “Muslim Advocates” concerning the President’s  executive order and steps Muslims in various categories should take to be prepared for what may follow. Non-Muslims should read the advice. (Note that “Muslim Advocates” is led by lawyer Farhana Khera, a woman honored with an Auburn Seminary Lives of Commitment award.) Look for the links on the page that will open when you copy and use this web address:

Another brief advice sheet is available from CLEAR, an organization at CUNY’s law school.

(An earlier report prepared by CLEAR, on  “Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims,” may be of interest: )

Knowing Your Rights Advice for Immigrants

To schedule a Know Your Rights workshop, contact CUNY’s CLEAR organization by emailing

DRUM (“Desis Rising Up and Moving”) has a brochure on “Know Your Rights: How to Be Safe from Immigration Raids.” It is not new but may offer useful advice, nonetheless. Copy and use this web address:

Our Presbyterian Office of the General Assembly has Know Your Rights resources in Spanish intended for those who know someone who has been detained. (See other materials, too.)

Urgent Protection Phone Calls

In addition to setting up a New York State Hate Crime Task Force, Governor Cuomo has announced a new 24/7 hotline to offer assistance to refugees in vulnerable situations at New York airports and to report loved ones who were passengers and are believed to be missing or detained: 1-888-769-7243.

The New York Immigration Coalition also has a phone number for use by those affected by the immigration ban or by those who have stranded family members: 844-326-4940.

The Muslim Community Network advises Muslims to call 311 and ask for Action NYC to get free legal consultation.

For general immigration information, call New Americans immigration hotline at 800-566-7636.


If you are interested in being available to immigrants who need friends to accompany them, see the items above under “Advice for Muslims” and “Knowing Your Rights.”

The Muslim Bar Association of New York is providing a signup to be used by people interested in Know Your Rights workshops and potential volunteers who can provide pro-bono services or translation.

For other resources from the Muslim Bar Association of New York (which appear to be up-to-date in reflecting the changing situation), see

Other Offices on Immigration Issues

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Teresa Waggener is on the staff of the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) as the manager of legal services on immigration. Call her at 502-569-5372 or email
Amanda Craft is on the staff of the OGA as the manager for advocacy on immigration issues (beginning on February 6). Send email to
The OGA immigration office is the preferred information source on religious worker visas.
See web site at

Catholic Migration Services
This organization provides comprehensive legal, advocacy, educational, and pastoral services to advance equality and social justice. Services are not limited to Catholics.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Intended for professionals rather than individuals seeking immigration advice, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy.