Apprehension of criminal undocumented immigrants across the country have sparked action among immigrant rights advocates eager to advise those caught up in a raid. Published in several languages, advocates are flooding social media with information aimed at protecting criminal immigrants’ “rights.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) advises immigrants not to open their doors should Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents come knocking, unless agents can produce a warrant signed by a judge.
“Ask to see it (through a window or slipped under the door),” the graphic instructs.
ICE administrative warrants prevent agents from entering a home without the resident’s consent. Immigrants are further advised to ask, through the door, why the agents are there, and request an interpreter if they need one. In the absence of a warrant, “Ask them to leave any information at your door.”
— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 10, 2017
Fear is rising in immigrant communities after hundreds have been arrested in what the federal government labels a ‘surge’.
If agents force their way into the immigrant’s home, the ACLU says, “Don’t resist. Tell everyone in the residence to remain silent. If you are arrested, remain silent and do not sign anything until you speak to a lawyer.”
The Immigrant Defense Project, which offers legal information for immigrants and immigration attorneys, counsels undocumented immigrants to have a plan ready to implement should they or a family member be arrested. Plans should include preparing for childcare, and possibly making Power of Attorney arrangements allowing a temporary caregiver to make legal decisions on behalf of minors if their parents are arrested or deported, the illegal aliens are told.
The ACLU advises that important documents, including passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates and medical records should be organized and securely stored. “It is important that neither you nor your family members give ICE your passport.”
United We Dream, a group which focuses on immigrant youth, issued fliers in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and English. The organization advises those dealing with ICE agents to report and record the details of their interactions, unless they occur on federal government property.
“Do not lie to ICE but remember that you do have the right to stay silent!” the flyer instructs. “Take notes of badge numbers, number of agents, time, type of car and exactly what happened!”
H/T: USA Today
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