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2018
Be Empowered & “Know Your
Rights"
Goals For Today
1. Learn about immigration in 2018
2. Learn your rights in case you encounter
immigration officials
3. Learn how to best prepare yourself and your
family
4. Learn where to go to for help
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Executive Orders
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January 2017: Border Security
• Build a wall between Mexico & the U.S.
• More Border Patrol Agents
January 2017: Interior Protection
• More ICE agents
• More police working with ICE
Any person who is in the country without papers runs the risk of
being detained and deported
• Under the current administration, every person without
papers is considered a priority for deportation, but
especially:
- Undocumented people with prior deportation orders
• This includes people who were arrested by ICE
and released but did not go to court, even if it
was many years ago
- People with criminal offenses or even charges
- People who have “abused” public benefits or engaged
in fraud
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Executive Orders
Anyone who is undocumented in the U.S. is at risk
of being detained and deported.
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Executive Orders
Executive Orders: Travel Ban
September 24, 2017: Most Recent Travel Ban
•Most people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia,
Chad and North Korea are not allowed to come to the U.S.
•People from the government of Venezuela and their
families are not allowed
•Does not apply to green card holders or people with valid
visas
June 26, 2018: The Supreme Court
•Decided to allow the ban to continue to be implemented. If
you are from one of the affected countries and want to
travel, please talk to an attorney first
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA began in 2012. It has helped 800,000 immigrants.
• Arrived in the U.S. before 16 and meets
other requirements;
• Provides work permits and relief from deportation;
• Not a pathway to citizenship; must pay to renew
every 2 years
September 5, 2017: PresidentTrump announced the
termination of the DACA program.
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
• There were Federal Court challenges to the cancellation of
DACA.As of now, the government (USCIS) is accepting
DACA renewal applications, but is not accepting initial
applications.
• If you have questions about DACA, speak to an
experienced immigration attorney or a local
nonprofit. Don’t give up! Congress can still pass a bill that
will offer a permanent way for those with DACA to stay in the
U.S.
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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
TPS is a program that allows people from a certain country
living in the U.S. to remain and work here while their home
countries recover from the aftermath of war, natural disasters,
or other humanitarian crises. TPS does not provide a path to a
green card, but does allow a person to work legally.
• 435,000 people from ten countries (El Salvador, Haiti,
Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan,
Syria, and Yemen) are currently in the program.
• In Massachusetts there are 12,326 residents withTPS
TheTrump Administration ended TPS for many of
these countries.
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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
HOWEVER, on October 3, 2018, a Federal Judge
temporarily stopped the termination of theTPS program for
immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. For
updates, please visit: http://miracoalition.org/ &
https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-
protected-status
Any person who currently hasTPS from ANY
COUNTRY should talk with an experienced attorney
to see if there is a more permanent form of
immigration relief.
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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in Massachusetts
TPS is set to end for these countries in the next few years.
HOWEVER, on October 3, 2018, a Federal Judge temporarily stopped the
termination of theTPS program for immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador,
Haiti and Nicaragua.
HAITI: TPS was granted after the January 2010 earthquake
 On July 22, 2019, TPS is set to end for 60,000 Haitians, 5,000 in MA
EL SALVADOR: TPS was granted after the earthquake on January 13, 2001
 On September 9, 2019,TPS is set to end for 260,000 Salvadorans, 6,000 in MA
HONDURAS: TPS was granted after hurricane Mitch in 1998
 In January 5, 2020, TPS will end for 86,000 Hondurans, 1,000 in MA
TPS documents have been automatically extended until 4/2/2019 for people who currently
haveTPS from Sudan and Nicaragua.
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Stay Informed
• Expect new executive orders to be issued soon.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-
room/presidential-actions/
• For current information & fact sheets, go to:
www.masslegalhelp.org/immigration
• For information onTPS:
http://miracoalition.org/ &
https://www.uscis.gov/
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What to Do if You Meet an
Immigration Officer
Everyone Has Rights
No matter who is president, everyone living in the
U.S. has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution
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These rights include:
• The right to remain silent. This means that you have the right
to not answer any questions
• The right to see an arrest warrant
• The right to speak to a lawyer
• The right to make a phone call
Everyone Has Rights
If you have immigration status (green
card, TPS, asylum applicant) you may
wish to show your ID to prove you are
here legally.
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If you do not have immigration status,
you can be quiet and not show ID
until you talk to a lawyer.
You should not lie or show false documents.
It is better to say, “I would like to remain silent.”
If ICE Comes to Your Home
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You have the right to:
• Not open the door unless ICE has a warrant signed by a Judge
• Slide your “Know Your Rights” card under the door or show
it at a window
• Call a U.S. citizen friend or family member to let them know
what is happening
• Call an immigration attorney
Search Warrant
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Judicial Warrant - Signed by a
Judge
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Arrest Warrant- Not Signed by
a Judge
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Drama: Ana’s Story
Ana is an undocumented woman from El Salvador. She hears a knock
on her door at home.
Ana: Who is it?
Officers: We are officers. We are looking for Maria Martinez.
Ana: I do not know Maria.
Officers: What is your name? Please open the door so we can see if
you are Maria Martinez.
• What are Ana’s rights?
• Are the officers allowed to enter into Ana’s home?
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Role Play: ICE in the Home
• ICE: [knocks] Open the door – we need to speak to you!
• Person: Can you show me a warrant under the door?
• ICE: We just need to ask you a few questions. Please open the door,
it’s important that we talk to you.
• Person: If you do not have a warrant, I am not opening the door
• ICE: Look, we just need to ask you some questions. What is your name
please?
• Person: I will not open the door without a signed warrant from a
judge. [Slides red card under door]
___________________________________________________________
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/pW4uixi4b_E
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If Stopped While Driving & ICE Comes
You have the right to remain silent. Remaining silent does not
mean that you will not be arrested, but at least you will not
give ICE information that could be used against you.
• You have the right to ask if you are under arrest or
free to leave.
• It is important to stay calm and not run or resist arrest.
You should keep your hands where the officer can see
them.
• If you are free to leave, you should say that you
are leaving.
• You can refuse to be fingerprinted
(unless you are under arrest).
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Nearby States
•ICE can set up check points on
roads and highways within 100
miles of the U.S. border
•This means that a person may be
stopped by Immigration in New
York, Vermont, Maine and New
Hampshire
•If you do not have immigration
status, you may want to avoid
traveling to these states
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If ICE Comes to Your Work
You have the right to:
• Not answer
• Stand silently in the middle of the room
• Not give the officials any information
about yourself
You have the right to not line up because you have the
right to remain silent.
You have the right to not communicate information in
any way.
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Drama: Miguel’s Story
Miguel is undocumented. One day, he is stopped by an ICE officer
while waiting for the bus.
Officer: What is your name? Please show me your ID.
Miguel: I would like to remain silent.
Officer: I need to take your fingerprints.
Miguel: I have the right to not give you my fingerprints. Am I
under arrest?
Officer: No, you are not.
Miguel: Then I am going to leave. [walks away calmly]
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Immigration Process
Be Prepared: Just In Case
• Memorize important phone numbers of friends, family
and an attorney
• If you do not have status, consider where to keep any
foreign identification documents including passport,
driver’s license, national identification card, etc.
• Your passport is enough evidence for ICE to prove
who you are and where you are from
• Keep important documents such as children’s birth
certificate(s), medical records, paystubs, and utility
bills in a safe place at home
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Be Prepared: Just In Case
• Make sure all information and emergency contacts are up
to date at your children’s school(s), including who can
and cannot pick up your children
• You may want to register the birth of any U.S. born
children with your own Consulate
• You may also want to consider getting U.S. passports if
your children were born here or a passport from their
country of birth. You may want to talk to your Consulate
office to get assistance with this
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Be Prepared: Family Preparations
There are different temporary custody forms which you may want to consider
filling out now in case you are detained.
• Caregiver Affidavit Authorization
• Gives the person you choose the right to make decisions about your
child’s health and education for up to two years
• Temporary Agent Authorization
• Gives the person you choose many of the powers that a parent has for up
to 60 days
You may also want to meet with a lawyer to designate and document someone
you trust with Power of Attorney to make financial, legal or childcare decisions
in your absence
For more information visit: www.masslegalhelp.org/immigration
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Post Arrest: Just In Case
• You have the right to not give any information to ICE
agents (including the country you are from or where you
were born)
• Remind your family not to give ICE any information,
because they may ask your family members questions too
IMPORTANT: If you have any undocumented
family members, advise them not to come to the
jail or detention center to visit you; they could
end up detained too
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Post Arrest: Just In Case
Bond
If arrested by ICE, you may or may not be eligible to
ask an immigration judge for a bond.
• Being granted a bond means that a judge will set an
amount of money that you have to pay in order to be
released until you need to report to court
• Things that make your bond case stronger are strong
family ties and community ties. Think of who you would
ask to write you letters if you needed a bond. Your boss?
Your family?
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Post Arrest: Just In Case
Bond
• Think of someone with immigration status that
you trust who can pay a bond
• Make sure you have money saved in case you will
be eligible for bond. Bond starts at $1500 but is
typically more $4000 - $10,000
• Make sure you tell the person who will pay your
bond how to get the money
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Immigration Court
Seeing an Immigration Judge:
• Generally, if you are arrested, you need to see a judge to
try to stop your deportation.Talk to an immigration
lawyer.
• BUT: If you have already been ordered deported by an
immigration judge or at the border, you will not
automatically be able to see a judge again.
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Immigration Court
Getting a Court Date in the Mail
• If you were apprehended by ICE and then released,
you will get a court date in the mail.
• You can also call 1-800-898-7180 and follow the
prompts to find out your next court date and
location of court.
• You must keep the Department of Homeland
Security and the Immigration Court updated on
any change in address you have.
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Immigration Court
Go to Court!
• If you do not go to court, the Judge will order
you deported without you there.
• Being ordered deported is something that will always
be connected to you, even if your court date was
more than 20 years ago.
• In immigration court you are not given a free lawyer.
• If you don’t have a lawyer at your first court hearing you
can ask for more time to find one.Ask for the list of legal
services providers.
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What Else Could Be Harmful?
• Posting on Social Media
• Gang Involvement
• Rep’ing (referencing gangs or gang activity)
• Self-Presentation:
• Tattoos
• Cut eyebrows
• Wearing signs or colors
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ICE Check-Ins
Reporting
• Some people released by immigration may have
to report to ICE in Burlington, MA.
• This is separate from going to court.
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If you have have to go to ICE check-ins or have an
ankle bracelet, you should speak to a lawyer as
soon as possible.
Where Can I Go For Help?
Immigration - Defenses to Removal
You should meet with an immigration attorney to
discuss possible immigration relief
• You may have a pathway to an immigration status, but not know it
Who is eligible to apply for what form of immigration
relief?
• Victims of crimes in the U.S. including domestic violence
• People who are afraid to return to their home countries
• Minors who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one or
both of their parents
• Trafficking victims
• Green card/lawful permanent residence
Other options exist!
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Avoiding Scams
 Being a notary or “notario público” is NOT the same thing
as an attorney and does not authorize someone to provide
you with legal advice
 Only an attorney or an Accredited Representative can give
you legal advice
 If you have a criminal history, make sure your attorney has
specialized knowledge/experience in the immigration
consequences of crimes
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The “10 Year Law”
Have you heard of the “10 year law?”
There is not a law that says that simply because you have been in
the U.S. for 10 years you have the right to a pathway to
citizenship
Do not become a victim of fraud
• Must be in deportation proceedings already in order to apply
AND
• Must show that a U.S. citizen or green-card holding
spouse/parent/child would suffer “exceptional and
extremely unusual hardship” if you were deported - such as
they have a serious disease and are dependent on you and only you
for care
**See an experienced immigration attorney**
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There are several free immigration clinics in the Boston area. Please
see the box labeled “Free Legal Clinics” on the back of the handout
titled “Referral List.”
Legal Resources
PAIR Project: Helps with detained immigration cases and asylum. Call
between 1pm – 3pm to make an appointment: (617) 742-9296
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND): Represents kids under age 17.5. Call:
(617) 207-4138
Irish International Immigrant Center: Free intake clinics in different
Boston neighborhoods. Call: (617) 542-7654
Catholic Charities: Call Mondays at 9am (617) 464-8100
Greater Boston Legal Services: (617) 371-1234
MIRA Coalition: (617) 350-5480
Project Citizenship (for assistance with citizenship): (617) 694-5949
Committee for Public Counsel Services (for criminal matters): 617-
482-6212
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Legal Resources
• Office of the Attorney General
• Civil Rights (617) 963-2917, to report the unauthorized
practice of law/immigration fraud)
• To report a hate crime: 1-800-994-3228
• Any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or
experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence
may call theAttorney General’s Hotline or fill out a civil
rights complaint form online
• Massachusetts ACLU: (617) 482-3170
• For questions about your constitutional rights
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Community Know Your Rights Presentation

  • 1. 2018 Be Empowered & “Know Your Rights"
  • 2. Goals For Today 1. Learn about immigration in 2018 2. Learn your rights in case you encounter immigration officials 3. Learn how to best prepare yourself and your family 4. Learn where to go to for help 2
  • 3. Executive Orders 3 January 2017: Border Security • Build a wall between Mexico & the U.S. • More Border Patrol Agents January 2017: Interior Protection • More ICE agents • More police working with ICE Any person who is in the country without papers runs the risk of being detained and deported
  • 4. • Under the current administration, every person without papers is considered a priority for deportation, but especially: - Undocumented people with prior deportation orders • This includes people who were arrested by ICE and released but did not go to court, even if it was many years ago - People with criminal offenses or even charges - People who have “abused” public benefits or engaged in fraud 4 Executive Orders
  • 5. Anyone who is undocumented in the U.S. is at risk of being detained and deported. 5 Executive Orders
  • 6. Executive Orders: Travel Ban September 24, 2017: Most Recent Travel Ban •Most people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea are not allowed to come to the U.S. •People from the government of Venezuela and their families are not allowed •Does not apply to green card holders or people with valid visas June 26, 2018: The Supreme Court •Decided to allow the ban to continue to be implemented. If you are from one of the affected countries and want to travel, please talk to an attorney first 6
  • 7. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) DACA began in 2012. It has helped 800,000 immigrants. • Arrived in the U.S. before 16 and meets other requirements; • Provides work permits and relief from deportation; • Not a pathway to citizenship; must pay to renew every 2 years September 5, 2017: PresidentTrump announced the termination of the DACA program. 7
  • 8. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) • There were Federal Court challenges to the cancellation of DACA.As of now, the government (USCIS) is accepting DACA renewal applications, but is not accepting initial applications. • If you have questions about DACA, speak to an experienced immigration attorney or a local nonprofit. Don’t give up! Congress can still pass a bill that will offer a permanent way for those with DACA to stay in the U.S. 8
  • 9. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) TPS is a program that allows people from a certain country living in the U.S. to remain and work here while their home countries recover from the aftermath of war, natural disasters, or other humanitarian crises. TPS does not provide a path to a green card, but does allow a person to work legally. • 435,000 people from ten countries (El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) are currently in the program. • In Massachusetts there are 12,326 residents withTPS TheTrump Administration ended TPS for many of these countries. 9
  • 10. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) HOWEVER, on October 3, 2018, a Federal Judge temporarily stopped the termination of theTPS program for immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. For updates, please visit: http://miracoalition.org/ & https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary- protected-status Any person who currently hasTPS from ANY COUNTRY should talk with an experienced attorney to see if there is a more permanent form of immigration relief. 10
  • 11. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in Massachusetts TPS is set to end for these countries in the next few years. HOWEVER, on October 3, 2018, a Federal Judge temporarily stopped the termination of theTPS program for immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. HAITI: TPS was granted after the January 2010 earthquake  On July 22, 2019, TPS is set to end for 60,000 Haitians, 5,000 in MA EL SALVADOR: TPS was granted after the earthquake on January 13, 2001  On September 9, 2019,TPS is set to end for 260,000 Salvadorans, 6,000 in MA HONDURAS: TPS was granted after hurricane Mitch in 1998  In January 5, 2020, TPS will end for 86,000 Hondurans, 1,000 in MA TPS documents have been automatically extended until 4/2/2019 for people who currently haveTPS from Sudan and Nicaragua. 11
  • 12. Stay Informed • Expect new executive orders to be issued soon. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing- room/presidential-actions/ • For current information & fact sheets, go to: www.masslegalhelp.org/immigration • For information onTPS: http://miracoalition.org/ & https://www.uscis.gov/ 12
  • 13. What to Do if You Meet an Immigration Officer
  • 14. Everyone Has Rights No matter who is president, everyone living in the U.S. has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution 14 These rights include: • The right to remain silent. This means that you have the right to not answer any questions • The right to see an arrest warrant • The right to speak to a lawyer • The right to make a phone call
  • 15. Everyone Has Rights If you have immigration status (green card, TPS, asylum applicant) you may wish to show your ID to prove you are here legally. 15 If you do not have immigration status, you can be quiet and not show ID until you talk to a lawyer. You should not lie or show false documents. It is better to say, “I would like to remain silent.”
  • 16. If ICE Comes to Your Home 16 You have the right to: • Not open the door unless ICE has a warrant signed by a Judge • Slide your “Know Your Rights” card under the door or show it at a window • Call a U.S. citizen friend or family member to let them know what is happening • Call an immigration attorney
  • 18. Judicial Warrant - Signed by a Judge 18
  • 19. Arrest Warrant- Not Signed by a Judge 19
  • 20. Drama: Ana’s Story Ana is an undocumented woman from El Salvador. She hears a knock on her door at home. Ana: Who is it? Officers: We are officers. We are looking for Maria Martinez. Ana: I do not know Maria. Officers: What is your name? Please open the door so we can see if you are Maria Martinez. • What are Ana’s rights? • Are the officers allowed to enter into Ana’s home? 20
  • 21. Role Play: ICE in the Home • ICE: [knocks] Open the door – we need to speak to you! • Person: Can you show me a warrant under the door? • ICE: We just need to ask you a few questions. Please open the door, it’s important that we talk to you. • Person: If you do not have a warrant, I am not opening the door • ICE: Look, we just need to ask you some questions. What is your name please? • Person: I will not open the door without a signed warrant from a judge. [Slides red card under door] ___________________________________________________________ VIDEO: https://youtu.be/pW4uixi4b_E 21
  • 22. If Stopped While Driving & ICE Comes You have the right to remain silent. Remaining silent does not mean that you will not be arrested, but at least you will not give ICE information that could be used against you. • You have the right to ask if you are under arrest or free to leave. • It is important to stay calm and not run or resist arrest. You should keep your hands where the officer can see them. • If you are free to leave, you should say that you are leaving. • You can refuse to be fingerprinted (unless you are under arrest). 22
  • 23. Nearby States •ICE can set up check points on roads and highways within 100 miles of the U.S. border •This means that a person may be stopped by Immigration in New York, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire •If you do not have immigration status, you may want to avoid traveling to these states 23
  • 24. If ICE Comes to Your Work You have the right to: • Not answer • Stand silently in the middle of the room • Not give the officials any information about yourself You have the right to not line up because you have the right to remain silent. You have the right to not communicate information in any way. 24
  • 25. Drama: Miguel’s Story Miguel is undocumented. One day, he is stopped by an ICE officer while waiting for the bus. Officer: What is your name? Please show me your ID. Miguel: I would like to remain silent. Officer: I need to take your fingerprints. Miguel: I have the right to not give you my fingerprints. Am I under arrest? Officer: No, you are not. Miguel: Then I am going to leave. [walks away calmly] 25
  • 27. Be Prepared: Just In Case • Memorize important phone numbers of friends, family and an attorney • If you do not have status, consider where to keep any foreign identification documents including passport, driver’s license, national identification card, etc. • Your passport is enough evidence for ICE to prove who you are and where you are from • Keep important documents such as children’s birth certificate(s), medical records, paystubs, and utility bills in a safe place at home 27
  • 28. Be Prepared: Just In Case • Make sure all information and emergency contacts are up to date at your children’s school(s), including who can and cannot pick up your children • You may want to register the birth of any U.S. born children with your own Consulate • You may also want to consider getting U.S. passports if your children were born here or a passport from their country of birth. You may want to talk to your Consulate office to get assistance with this 28
  • 29. Be Prepared: Family Preparations There are different temporary custody forms which you may want to consider filling out now in case you are detained. • Caregiver Affidavit Authorization • Gives the person you choose the right to make decisions about your child’s health and education for up to two years • Temporary Agent Authorization • Gives the person you choose many of the powers that a parent has for up to 60 days You may also want to meet with a lawyer to designate and document someone you trust with Power of Attorney to make financial, legal or childcare decisions in your absence For more information visit: www.masslegalhelp.org/immigration 29
  • 30. Post Arrest: Just In Case • You have the right to not give any information to ICE agents (including the country you are from or where you were born) • Remind your family not to give ICE any information, because they may ask your family members questions too IMPORTANT: If you have any undocumented family members, advise them not to come to the jail or detention center to visit you; they could end up detained too 30
  • 31. Post Arrest: Just In Case Bond If arrested by ICE, you may or may not be eligible to ask an immigration judge for a bond. • Being granted a bond means that a judge will set an amount of money that you have to pay in order to be released until you need to report to court • Things that make your bond case stronger are strong family ties and community ties. Think of who you would ask to write you letters if you needed a bond. Your boss? Your family? 31
  • 32. Post Arrest: Just In Case Bond • Think of someone with immigration status that you trust who can pay a bond • Make sure you have money saved in case you will be eligible for bond. Bond starts at $1500 but is typically more $4000 - $10,000 • Make sure you tell the person who will pay your bond how to get the money 32
  • 33. Immigration Court Seeing an Immigration Judge: • Generally, if you are arrested, you need to see a judge to try to stop your deportation.Talk to an immigration lawyer. • BUT: If you have already been ordered deported by an immigration judge or at the border, you will not automatically be able to see a judge again. 33
  • 34. Immigration Court Getting a Court Date in the Mail • If you were apprehended by ICE and then released, you will get a court date in the mail. • You can also call 1-800-898-7180 and follow the prompts to find out your next court date and location of court. • You must keep the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration Court updated on any change in address you have. 34
  • 35. Immigration Court Go to Court! • If you do not go to court, the Judge will order you deported without you there. • Being ordered deported is something that will always be connected to you, even if your court date was more than 20 years ago. • In immigration court you are not given a free lawyer. • If you don’t have a lawyer at your first court hearing you can ask for more time to find one.Ask for the list of legal services providers. 35
  • 36. What Else Could Be Harmful? • Posting on Social Media • Gang Involvement • Rep’ing (referencing gangs or gang activity) • Self-Presentation: • Tattoos • Cut eyebrows • Wearing signs or colors 42
  • 37. ICE Check-Ins Reporting • Some people released by immigration may have to report to ICE in Burlington, MA. • This is separate from going to court. 37 If you have have to go to ICE check-ins or have an ankle bracelet, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.
  • 38. Where Can I Go For Help?
  • 39. Immigration - Defenses to Removal You should meet with an immigration attorney to discuss possible immigration relief • You may have a pathway to an immigration status, but not know it Who is eligible to apply for what form of immigration relief? • Victims of crimes in the U.S. including domestic violence • People who are afraid to return to their home countries • Minors who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one or both of their parents • Trafficking victims • Green card/lawful permanent residence Other options exist! 39
  • 40. Avoiding Scams  Being a notary or “notario público” is NOT the same thing as an attorney and does not authorize someone to provide you with legal advice  Only an attorney or an Accredited Representative can give you legal advice  If you have a criminal history, make sure your attorney has specialized knowledge/experience in the immigration consequences of crimes 40
  • 41. The “10 Year Law” Have you heard of the “10 year law?” There is not a law that says that simply because you have been in the U.S. for 10 years you have the right to a pathway to citizenship Do not become a victim of fraud • Must be in deportation proceedings already in order to apply AND • Must show that a U.S. citizen or green-card holding spouse/parent/child would suffer “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” if you were deported - such as they have a serious disease and are dependent on you and only you for care **See an experienced immigration attorney** 41
  • 42. 42 There are several free immigration clinics in the Boston area. Please see the box labeled “Free Legal Clinics” on the back of the handout titled “Referral List.”
  • 43. Legal Resources PAIR Project: Helps with detained immigration cases and asylum. Call between 1pm – 3pm to make an appointment: (617) 742-9296 Kids In Need of Defense (KIND): Represents kids under age 17.5. Call: (617) 207-4138 Irish International Immigrant Center: Free intake clinics in different Boston neighborhoods. Call: (617) 542-7654 Catholic Charities: Call Mondays at 9am (617) 464-8100 Greater Boston Legal Services: (617) 371-1234 MIRA Coalition: (617) 350-5480 Project Citizenship (for assistance with citizenship): (617) 694-5949 Committee for Public Counsel Services (for criminal matters): 617- 482-6212 43
  • 44. Legal Resources • Office of the Attorney General • Civil Rights (617) 963-2917, to report the unauthorized practice of law/immigration fraud) • To report a hate crime: 1-800-994-3228 • Any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence may call theAttorney General’s Hotline or fill out a civil rights complaint form online • Massachusetts ACLU: (617) 482-3170 • For questions about your constitutional rights 44
  • 45. thank you | gracias| merci | 谢谢 | obrigado | mahadsanid | mèsi | አመሰግናለሁ | ‫شكرا‬