New ringtone informs immigrants of rights if confronted by ICE

Posted at 6:46 AM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 10:08:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Immigrant rights activists are taking a creative approach to educating communities on their rights if confronted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

The United Farm Workers and UFW Foundation have released a jingle ringtone in Spanish. The 19-second tune translates to:

"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."

Itzel Guillen, Immigrant Integration Coordinator at Alliance San Diego, welcomes any effort to educate immigrant communities.

"There are still people that don't know these rights. There are community members that are afraid to go the information forums and get that information," said Guillen. "And those are the people most vulnerable."

Guillen works to educate as many people as possible in the San Diego area, and she said there is still a lot of fear since the new administration took office.

Once undocumented herself, Guillen is now protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. However, she still worries about her family.

"That fear is always present, no matter what, even just driving to the grocery store," said Guillen.

She said the ringtone is straightforward, like the "Know Your Rights" cards she hands out.

Click here to download the free ringtone for either Android or iPhone devices