Sunset Park ICE Watch delivers information on immigrant rights to the community

A group of Brooklyn residents who say their community is being targeted by ICE spent hours on the streets of Sunset Park Thursday.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2020, 4:30 PM

Updated 1,366 days ago

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A group of Brooklyn residents who say their community is being targeted by ICE spent hours on the streets of Sunset Park Thursday.
The group calls themselves Sunset Park ICE Watch.
They meet early in the morning, pair up and hit the streets of Sunset Park, where they tell News 12 there was an incident earlier this week.
"Early in the morning ,7 a.m., ICE went to someone's house. They say they were looking for someone else. That person doesn't live there anymore. They're banging on the door. This is a let me in now or else type of banging,” says David Sosa, of the Sunset Park ICE Watch.
He says they didn't open the door and the people who they say were agents left. The group walked through the neighborhood Thursday handing out fliers offering advice.
News 12 reached out to ICE representative and they said in a statement, "On Aug. 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement officers were conducting an investigation near the Sunset Park and Bay Ridge neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York. No arrests were made."
Their message is “you have rights regardless of your immigration status,” something they say some don’t realize.
"If ICE is at your door, don't open the door; don't open that door, you have that right unless they have a warrant. If they don't have a warrant, they can't come in and if they do they're going to knock that door down," says Sosa.
He says this is something they'll continue to do.
"We're just letting people know their rights. That this community is united that this is an immigrant community and we're just looking out for our neighbors,” says Sosa.


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