Ask Howard Anything / February 2017

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Today, February 16th, marks ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ — for this month’s Ask Howard Anything, NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum encourages you to watch some great videos produced by Council de Manos​ about what to do when faced with the Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE)​. #daywithoutimmigrants

VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: Howard A. Rosenblum is sitting at his desk. The NAD logo appears on bottom right corner as a watermark.

HOWARD: For this month’s Ask Howard Anything (AHA), we want to recognize that today is “A Day without Immigrants.” Many businesses in the US are closed today, February 16th, to show solidarity for immigrants from other countries.  Immigrants work hard supporting such businesses and many businesses recognize that their operations might not succeed without them. To show the Government how crucial and important the immigrants are here in America, many businesses are closed today to ask for more support and to welcome people from other countries here. Right now, people who arrive here from other countries are facing difficult challenges by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). ICE is responsible for identifying and investigating people who do not have citizenship or residency papers. Right now, there are many people who are afraid of ICE and not sure what to do. Council de Manos produced great videos providing accessible content in American Sign Language with information from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU is a legal organization that protects the rights of many people in America, including immigrants. Using ACLU’s information, Council de Manos translated them into ASL for the deaf and hard of hearing community. The NAD is not well versed with immigration law but we have taken legal action against ICE in the past for not providing access for deaf and hard of hearing people who have moved to America from other countries. ICE is required by law to provide interpreters including CDIs, and other reasonable accommodations. The NAD continues to remind ICE they must provide access. If you or anyone you know has faced such situations, please let us know. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner with the staff we have to help your situation. If you require a lawyer who is an expert with immigration law, we can refer you to an appropriate legal expert that is deaf friendly to advise you. Providing referrals and connecting you with others are part of our services that the NAD offers. We support people who have arrived here from other countries. In honor of today’s “A Day Without Immigrants,” it is important that we support and welcome deaf and hard of hearing immigrants from this time forward. Thank you.

Video fades to a soft white background with several different font types showing “NAD” very quickly. Copyright video ends with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo centered. Blue text below the logo appears, “A production of the National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2017 All Rights Reserved”.

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