A Haitian American legislator is urging Caribbean nationals to stay put amid plans by the Trump administration to implement a deportation initiative that could result in the removal of millions of people.
New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, told the Caribbean Media Corporation that New York City is a sanctuary city and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should not be harassing people.
She is advising immigrants not to open doors as ICE cannot enter without a warrant signed by a criminal court judge.
Ms Bichotte said the US Constitution allows all residents, regardless of immigration status, to exercise the 5th Amendment right to remain silent.
She also said if Caribbean nationals are passengers in a car, ICE can only ask information about the driver.
ICE had said its agents were planning to round up Caribbean and other immigrants in 10 major US cities starting Sunday. But on Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he was delaying the plan for two weeks.