In partnership with Mayor/State Senator Brian P. Stack, the Board of Education is committed to helping immigrant families cope with the stress of new Federal immigration regulations.
More than 3,000 residents recently attended two immigration information seminars sponsored by the Board, and Mayor Stack and the City. Residents received a wide range of information from immigration experts and were assured by Mayor Stack that all immigrants are “part of our community and we will do everything possible to help you in any way we can.”
Immigration lawyers and other experts outlined steps that immigrants can take to protect themselves and their families, and informational pamphlets with all this information are now available in public buildings throughout Union City.
Additionally, Mayor Stack and the City are issuing Municipal Identification cards that can be used as identification if an individual is stopped by Federal agents.
“We are here to help you. You have nothing to be ashamed of because you are a person just like I am,” Mayor Stack told the gathering at the seminars. “You are not only welcome here, we are here to help and serve.”
Mayor Stack, accompanied by Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato, told residents that “the Union City Board of Education is our partner in these efforts. Your children are safe in our schools and you will be safe when you visit our schools.”
The Mayor also reassured residents that the Union City Police Department is not and will not be an arm of the Federal government. “The Police Department is here to help and protect you,” he said.
Ms. Abbato said the School District has a full complement of professionals available to work with both students and their families who may be suffering stress and other related issues due to the new Federal immigration regulations.
“Anyone who needs someone to talk to, or has questions concerning their children’s status, please call us and we will address any concerns you might have,” said Ms. Abbato.
Mayor Stack told residents that “as long as we are united, we will overcome this. Every one of you should be offered what everyone else who has come to this country has been offered – a path to citizenship.”