Shortly after President Donald Trump’s election, two friends, Lauren and Martina, decided to provide free legal aid to people living in the country without permission. They left their home in New York and traveled across the country by van to meet people in need of help. Lauren is an immigration lawyer and Martina is an immigrant from Mexico. In just a few months, they traveled to 12 states and estimated they advised nearly 200 immigrants on a shoestring budget.
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we ve been to areas where there is one lawyer for seventeen counties, and people have never spoken to a lawyer before he met with people that just arrived to the United States months ago, and people have been here literally since the eighties- and you know the unifying piece of it all is- are unfair immigration system. If you end up in deportation, proceeding you, can ask the judge for something called cancellation of removal, fears that very little both of you step whenever you like. Kennedy, I look ass, a young man, cancellation or remove cancellation. Removal is for people who have been in the United States for ten years desolation part of our rights workshops are really like. How do you advocate for yourself what our resources that you need?
You know you really do see how there are like these Royer deserts and how their areas where people are trying to figure things out themselves by the laws are so complicated. So it's scary time now and we we know what we would do is bad things happened, Nobody can take away the fact that she is your mother and there is no law that can ever be passed by anybody that can take that away.
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the sunrise pretty. I got I've really gotta get to bed earlier If you do find out that somebody's undocumented, you are going to keep that information confidential So that means that if you are a doctor now this amazing you're not going to eyes and report them. We do allies, things realised that there was a lot of misinformation. I was out there about immigration, even for the most well meaning allies, and so wanting to not only educate people about what was going on to give them facts if they could use to hopefully persuade other people.
Will I get into the nitty gritty of we have? We are part of this nation that has unfortunately been made really unsafe for immigrants right now and it's a really scheme, replace. So how do we combat? How do I be a better ally for those communities, so guess what its IFOR, by centre, mention train who wants to learn what to do? If you see a hate crime happening, bring people other than get button. Since the election, intimidation and harassment is grown dramatically, nationwide, their harassing what Muslims more than four hundred incidents reported in the last week, how the country can overcome our racial divisions, media. I see this kind of like a blessing in disguise.
Because I'm hoping that this is gonna, uniting Archimedes being an abandoned driving across Amerika and trying to create this change has been really inspiring. I continue to just have hope in this country's ability to continue to fight, for what I think is right and so saying the country and reclaiming those roads, and that way has been really great.
I can tell that your way. Can you tell the way to New Zealand, like thinking than can through an awareness of the fact that I got around ready.
Transcript generated on 2020-10-28.