Father Clete Kiley, director of immigration policy for Unite Here, together with community leaders and union members gathered last Sunday in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to promote a campaign aimed at easing the minds of immigrants facing possible deportation.
The promotion involves a ringtone for cell phones that was developed for Unite Here Local 1. In Spanish the ringtone is in the form of a jingle – Nada, Nada. Con la migra tienes el derecho de no firmar nada y no decir nada. It translates – “If immigration comes to arrest you, keep calm. You have the right not to sign anything and not to say anything. You have the right to remain silent, and also the right to ask for an attorney.”
Unite Here, a hotel and restaurant workers union has a large immigrant membership.
At the unveiling on Sunday, Father Kiley, who is also founder of the Priest-Labor Initiative and special adviser to Cardinal Blase Cupich stated , “Every person has a fundamental human right and rights guaranteed under the constitution of the United States.”
“One of those sacred rights is the right to remain silent,” he continued
He went on to say, ““These new and aggressive ICE tactics are causing immense fear and confusion in our communities, within our families and in our work places,”
For the Chicago Sun-Times (June 5, 2017) report, click here.
To download the ringtone, go to: http://www.unitehere1.org/ringtone/.