How to fight back

Donald Trump and politicians like him are attacking our community and treating our immigrant friends and family members like criminals. To defend the ones we love, we have to be organized, informed and ready to fight. We can not let panic and fear paralyze us.

3 ways to fight immigration operations without fear

1. FIGHT AGAINST FEAR

  • Don’t share rumors about immigration operations. Before you share ask if anyone saw the operation, what time it happened, find out what badges officials were using and if anyone was arrested.
  • Confirm with someone else if the information you have is true before sharing. Spreading misinformation about possible raids can bring unnecessary panic and stress to our communities.

2. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

IF IMMIGRATION AGENTS (ICE) COME TO YOUR HOUSE

  • Do not open the door. Ask to see a warrant signed by a criminal judge. ICE cannot come in to your home without a signed warrant by a criminal judge court.
  • Remain silent. ICE can use anything you say against you in your immigration case so claim your right to remain silent. You can tell them: “I plead the fifth amendment and chose to remain silent.”
  • Do not sign anything ICE gives you without talking to an attorney.

IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER BY IMMIGRATION AGENTS (ICE)

  • You have the right to remain silent and you do not have to talk about your immigration or citizenship status with the police, immigration agents or any other official.
  • You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, if you are a US citizen, nor how you entered the country. (Different rules apply at international border crossings and airports)
  • If you are not a US citizen, and an immigration agent asks you for your immigration documents, you must show them if you have them with you. If you do not have immigration documents, tell them that you want to remain silent.
  • Do not lie about your citizenship status or give false documents.
  • If you are arrested, remain silent and ask for a lawyer. Do not sign anything without talking to a lawyer.

3. DOCUMENT AND ORGANIZE

  • If you see someone being arrested by immigration agents (ICE), record a video with your cell phone or broadcast on Facebook live. Instructions to go live on Facebook.
  • Take a note of the agent’s badge number and remind the person being arrested to remain silent.
  • Call the family and lawyer of the person who was arrested.
  • Organize your community. Make a plan to organize and take action to prevent deportation. For help from Jolt send us an email at info@jolttx.org.

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