*It’s a catchy cumbia with a subversive message about legal rights. VL
By Araceli Cruz, MiTú (1.5 minute read)
A worker’s union based in Chicago and Indiana wants to help immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, understand that they have civil rights in this country. Unite Here Local 1 believed one of the easiest ways for immigrants to learn their basic rights by heart was through a song. With so much confusion and reports about ICE picking up people every day, Unite Here hopes that this song can alleviate some of that stress while also making it easier to remember what to do if they’re ever put in that position.
The Spanish lyrics say: “If immigration 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.”