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Sacramento Immigration Coalition releases comic book teaching children to know their rights during ICE raids
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Sacramento Immigration Coalition releases comic book teaching children to know their rights during ICE raids

Helping illegal immigrants avoid detention or deportation

A new comic book educating young immigrant children on their legal rights will be available soon, thanks to the Sacramento Immigration Coalition.

What are the details on this book?

According to KTXL-TV, the comic book is launching to educate and protect families of illegal immigrants living in the United States who are concerned about being detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

One of the information flyers, enclosed in the organization's newsletter, will be titled, "What to do If ICE Comes Knocking." The newsletter will include "real stories from people who have been approached by ICE, what they did, then whether it was right or wrong and then give practical suggestions on what to do in that kind of case."

Joe Engles, an SIC member who also works with N&R Publications, said that the goal of the literature is to educate illegal immigrants about their rights and how to avoid detention or deportation.

A second publication — a comic — will also educate children what to do if they encounter an ICE agent.

"If a child is able to understand to dial 911, if their mom or someone is at harm, I think this comic book will help as well for them to be able to call the rapid response number that we have for ICE sightings and to really keep their parents safe," Mahmoud Zahriya of the Sacramento Immigration Coalition explained.

"I want the community to actually make sure that Americans feel safe, whether you're a citizen or a non-citizen," Zahriya added.

Zahriya, who is also policy and advocacy coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that the flyers are one way of "keeping families safe."

Engles explained that real-life scenarios are the inspiration behind the comics.

"A gentleman was dropping his children off at pre-school," Engles said. "He turned around and ICE was there to pick him up. So, rather than staying silent, he actually spoke with them and so he was taken away. So he didn't realize he had the right to remain silent.

"We want people to actually understand what to do and what not to do," he added.

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