An undocumented immigrant residing in an apartment complex on Parsons Boulevard in Queens, NY seeks assistance from Catholic Migration and Queens Legal Services after realty company seeks to evict undocumented tenants. The landlord is accused of using scare tactics to encourage neighbors to report suspicious activity to the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Unit. Posting signs accompanied by tip line numbers, tenants in the largely immigrant community now live in fear. Carlos Ortiz, tenant organizer with Catholic Migration Services shares this unscrupulous approach with NY 1 reporter Ruschell Boone.
Trabajadores de Tom Cat Bakery en protesta contra acciones anti-inmigrantes. Foto: Getty Images por medio de El Diario NY
Viernes el 21 de abril, trabajadores de Tom Cat Bakery, una de las panaderías más conocidas en la cuidad organizaron #DayWithoutBread o #UnDíaSinPan junto con Brandworkers, la organización laboral que les une. Era el deseo de los trabajadores que en la cuidad no comer pan como “un gesto de solidaridad y protesta a la política anti-inmigrante”. Los trabajadores están representados por abogados con Servicios Católicos de Migración y el Urban Justice Center-Community Development Project.
A tenant resource fair was held in Bushwick on Tuesday, March 28th hosted by the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development along with Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal. The event aimed at informing tenants and providing legal tools and associations to help tenants fight back against landlords and scrupulous tactics. Managing attorney for the housing program with Catholic Migration Services, Andrew Lehrer was among the organizations present.
After a rally held on March 22nd to protest the threatened mass firings of immigrant workers following a Department of Homeland Security investigation, employees at Tom Cat Bakery have secured an extension of the deadline that would fire long time employees with no severance pay, within 10 business days if they did not provide documents proving they are in the United States legally. The workers are being represented by attorneys from Catholic Migration Services and Urban Justice Center – Community Development Project.
Following a Department of Homeland Security investigation, immigrant workers from Tom Cat Bakery were threatened by mass firings. On Wednesday, March 22nd workers, elected officials and community supporters rallied outside of the city’s oldest artisanal bakery to protest and stand in solidarity. The workers, represented by attorneys from Catholic Migration Services and Urban Justice Center – Community Development Project are also members of Brandworkers, a non-profit organization bringing local food production workers together for good jobs and a sustainable food system.
Michelle Powers reports from St. Bartholomew Church in Elmhurst, Queens where the pastor, Fr. Rick Beuther gathers the community for a night of information with presentations from both Catholic Migration and the NYPD. The evening is intended to ensure immigrant families know their rights and receive and are informed by credible sources.