Under the President Barack Obama administration, more than 2 million undocumented immigrants have been deported (Pew Research Center 2014). As a response to the increasing number of deportations, organizations have put together guides and online campaigns. To help stop deportations, check out these key resources:
Know Your Rights when coming into contact with immigration officers- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) created several packets with information about recent raids and an overview of the rights an immigrant (whether here legally or not) may exercise if confronted by an immigration official. To give you a glimpse, the ILRC notes that if immigration officers come to your home, you should ask to see a Search Warrant. If the official does not show you one, you do not have to open the door. Also, make sure to not sign anything, especially an Order of Voluntary Departure, without first talking to a lawyer. Do not answer questions. Do not tell them anything about where you were born or how you came to the United States. Do not show any documents if the officials do not show you a Search Warrant. And do not allow the official to enter your home. If you allow them in, you lose some of your rights. Definitely check out these important packets to know what to do if you come into contact with immigration officers at home, work, school, or on the street.
If immigration officers come to your door, Know Your Rights!– United We Dream created several graphics about your rights should you ever come into contact with an immigration officer. For example, United We Dream notes that if ICE comes to your door, you should remain silent. ICE can use anything you say against you in your immigration case so claim your right to remain silent.
Preparese para las redadas– En caso de una redada, es muy importante estar preparad@. La campaña #NiUnoMas ha creado esta lista de diez cosas importantes que hacer si se encuentra en una redada. Por ejemplo, tiene que saber que ICE no puede entrar a su casa sin una orden (orden de cateo) firmada por un juez. Tambien no de información ni firme ningún papel sin primero consular con un abogad@.
A Guide for Undocumented Youth in Deportation Proceedings– This guide was developed by the Asian Law Caucus, Educators for Fair Consideration, DreamActivist.org, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. It outlines several steps you can take if you or someone you know is in deportation proceedings. For example, you should gather letters of support, get your friends to make phone calls, and if you decide to go public with your case, you can also create an online petition.
End Our Pain Mobile Network– United We Dream (UWD) has created a Deportation Defense Program to connect, train, and empower communities to defend their rights and stop unjust deportations. If you sign up for their mobile network you will receive helpful information and resources about stopping deportations. You will also receive updates about current deportations and how you can help stop them.
Call-to-action– Make sure to also visit United We Dream’s website to learn about the stories of undocumented immigrants currently facing deportation, and learn how you can help. Through their website, you will be able to sign online petitions.
#NotOneMore– The National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON) has also created online petitions for deportation cases that are currently open and need your support.
“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.