Minority Communities Urge African Immigrants to Help Make Lowell a Sanctuary City

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LOWELL, Mass.,__A growing group of Latino, Cambodian and other minority communities in Lowell are calling on African immigrants in the city to come out of the shadows and help lobby lawmakers to declare Lowell a Sanctuary City, where immigrants can live and work freely without the fear of arrest by police for deportations.

To make steps towards making the dream come true, the group, dubbed "Solidarity Lowell" has planned an information and strategy meeting this Thursday January 19 at the St. Patrick's Large Church Hall on 282 Suffolk Street from 7.15- 9.15pm.

During the meeting, immigrants will be educated on how to recognize and exercise their rights in case of an immigration raid, and where to seek for legal and other help necessary.

Sponsored by the Merrimack Valley project, the event will also feature knowledgeable officials who will explain to the clergy, lay people and community activists on everything they need to know regarding the process of deportation raids and proceedings so that they may educate their followers who may need help.

The group also plans to introduce a bill for consideration and eventual voting at Lowell City seeking to make Lowell a sanctuary city.

"There is a lot of fear among many undocumented immigrants in Lowell as to their future when the new president takes office in a few days. Donald Trump has made some pronouncements that could lead to many law abiding but undocumented immigrants from many countries of the world being arrested or deported for unfair reasons," said Sue J. Kim, Professor of English and Co-Director, Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Lowell during an interview with Ajabu Africa News soon after attending the first strategy meeting last week in Lowell.

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