How U.S. Catholic Bishops Prepare Illegals To Resist Our Laws
“Preparing Your Family for Immigration Enforcement” – document located at the Diocese of Los Angeles. PDF Link.
Copies of documents and forms used with appreciation of Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
What to do if the police or an immigration agent interrogates you:
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT!!
If you do not have valid documents to be in this country:
Do not answer any questions.
Show the officer the “Know Your Rights” card.
WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION COMES TO YOUR HOUSE:
If the police, immigration agent or other government agent tries to enter your house:
- Don’t open the door!!
–It is very important to ask them if they are the police or immigration.
(Sometimes, immigration agents will say they are the police, so ask them very specific questions)
- If it is immigration, they are not allowed to enter for any reason unless you open the door or give them permission to enter
-Even if you only open the door, but do not explicitly give permission to enter, the agent might say that by opening the door you gave consent to enter.
- If it is the police, they need a “Search Warrant” to enter your house.
-A search warrant is a signed paper by a judge that authorizes the officer to enter your house.
-The warrant should say in detail who the person is that the officer is looking for
– If they have an arrest warrant but not a search warrant, they are not legally able to enter your house.
WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION STOPS YOU IN PUBLIC:
If they stop you in the street
– They must have proper order/warrant to do so; ask to see it.
-Or they have to have reasonable suspicion that you are not in this country legally
You have the right to remain silent. Do not say anything about your immigration status or where you were born. If you have valid immigration documents, show them.
I am giving you this card because I do not wish to speak to you or have any further contact with you. I choose to exercise my right to remain silent and to refuse to answer your questions. If you arrest me, I will continue to exercise my right to remain silent and to refuse to answer your questions. I want to speak with a lawyer before answering your questions.
I want to contact this attorney or organization:
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED
Find out who has arrested you
–Write down the names of the officers and their organizations (FBI, ICE, CBP, etc.).
-Write down badge numbers (on uniform) and vehicle license plate numbers.
Do not sign any documents you do not understand before speaking with an attorney
-It’s possible that the agents will try to pressure you to sign something.
-Do not let them pressure you. They could be trying to get you to sign something that renounces your right to appear before an immigration judge.
Contact your lawyer or a family member
-You have the right to call someone after your arrest.
-Memorize the number of your lawyer, family member, or union representative.
-Contact them immediately.
Contact your consulate
-You have the right to contact the consulate of your native country to request assistance.
-You have the right to tell the agent to inform the consulate of your arrest.
-The consulate can help you find an attorney.
-The consulate may also offer to contact your family.
Apply for bail
-Apply for bail while in immigration custody, even if the agent says it is not suitable.
-You must be able to show that you are not going to flee or a danger to the community.
DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND BEFORE CONSULTING WITH A LAWYER!
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT:
Not to offer information about your immigration status.