By BRENDA GARCIA, LILIBETH MATA, and MARIA MARQUEZ
At My Undocumented Life blog, we have identified a number of resources about knowing one’s rights and helping stop deportations. We have additional resources at our deportation page and we are continually expanding the page as more information comes in so be sure to return to it periodically.
“Everyone has certain basic rights, no matter who is President” by the National Immigration Law Center. This is a three page pdf file. It provides information on reporting/documenting raids, finding legal help, safety plans, and peoples’ rights. It also features links where you can find additional information and resources, both in English and Spanish.
“Immigration arrests in the community- what you need to know to protect your rights” by One America. This pdf file analyzes trends that happen by ICE community arrests. This includes who’s more at risk to be arrested, how ICE may know about you, what to expect when ICE comes to your home, etc. This document dispels rumors that one might hear about ICE, and also provides real situations that occur. This resource is also available in Spanish.
“Immigration Lawyer Search” by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. This site is a search engine where you can locate immigration lawyers near your area. The page provides both English/Spanish options. This is important because it provides people with the tools to search for legal help.
“Know Your Rights! Learn how to protect you and your family during immigration raids” by CASA. This eight page booklet offers information about your rights as well as a card that you can present to the officers if you are detained that will let them know you will remain silent until you talk to your attorney. This booklet also warns you about carrying documents that prove your citizenship to another country because the officers might use this information against you. This resource is also available in Spanish.
“Know Your Rights! Protect Yourself Against Immigration Raids” by United We Dream. This web page is offers a brief overview of what your rights are if you are approached by immigration officers. It is also an awareness page because it gives you and other undocumented people the space to notify others when and where there are immigration officers around an area.
“A ‘Know Your Rights’ Refresher for Immigrants” by the American Immigration Council. This article was published 2 days after the election. It is a brief and helpful overview of “Know Your Rights.” Some of the reminders include: “You have the right to remain silent. You may refuse to speak to immigration officers. Do not open your door (ICE must have a warrant signed by a judge to enter).” The article also has links to other sites that may be useful for folks seeking more in depth help.
“Know Your Rights: What To Do If You’re Stopped By Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI” by the ACLU. This resource offers more detailed information about deportations and your rights. It offers an overview of everyone’s basic rights, and halfway through the slides there is specific information for the undocumented community, including the following: keeping your paperwork ready, not signing documents, seeking lawyer and consulate advice, and more.
“Know Your Rights When Asked About Immigration Status” by the ACLU. This is a video on the step by step process of how to handle being stopped by police, including what to do if you’re asked by an officer about your immigration status.
List of free or low-cost legal services by Immigration Law Help. This website acts as a database with names to services that are free or low-cost to undocumented immigrants. In the case that one requires a lawyer, this service allows you to find one. You are able to check by state and even search by detention facility.
“National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)” NNIRR engages in actions all across the country to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees.
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