Immigrant Rights Night in Burlington

Published: Mar. 28, 2018 at 11:38 PM EDT
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For immigrants, keeping up with changing U.S. laws can be difficult. An international group at the Burlington High School organized "Immigration Rights Information Night" to keep immigrants up to date with laws and regulations.

Representatives of Sens. Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders, and the Vermont attorney general's office spoke to several families. They broke down recent travel bans, local issues and immigrants' rights-- like how to act if approached by ICE.

A handful of translators assisted the families. Many asked about the impact of President Trump's proposed recent travel ban. Students of the International Club say coming to America can be scary and they want to help make that transition as easy as possible.

"We just want to let people know that everyone is welcome here. We don't judge you based on your race or your ethnic background," said Tasnem, a student organizer.

"We need more information, we need more support especially because our community has become bigger,” said Mohamad Agab, a South Burlington resident.

The Trump administration's latest attempt at a travel ban restricts travel from eight nations, predominately Muslim-- including Iran, Syria and Somalia.

Representatives from the Vermont attorney general's office say they will continue to fight against this most recent proposed ban.