Illegal immigrants now have a ringtone alerting them to possible deportation. In Chicago, the Unite Here 1 labor union which represents hotel and restaurant workers has created a cellphone ringtone that is intended to hamper the arrest and deportation of immigrants. Over the June 3-4 weekend, Unite Here Local 1 issued a Spanish-language ringtone on its website. Advertisements are promoting it throughout the months of June. 

The voice track on the catchy Latin tune lets immigrants know that they have the right to remain silent and ask for an attorney in the event of an arrest. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, organizing director Angel Castillo said, "The union is] using technology to notify every immigrant in this city: you've got rights."

Translated from the original Spanish, the jingle informs listeners: “If immigration [La Migra] 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, also the right to ask for an attorney.”

The campaign comes while the Trump administration has been successful in arresting illegal immigrants, including those with other criminal convictions, and deporting them. Several immigrant rights groups have stepped up similar know-your-rights training. The ring-tone offered by United Here is available at its website.

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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