Hard-Won Victories! Refugee Caravan & Adelanto Hunger Strike

Yesterday, our Immigration Issues Team delivered newly released Adelanto hunger-striker Luis to the airport in Los Angeles, a free man.  But first, Yolanda drove him for an interview with Undocumedia, than to the Santa Monica Pier and a long walk on the beach.  So much to celebrate!  Here’s the inspiring updates from coalition member Alex Mensing (en Español):

Good Evening! Buenas Noches!

 

Thank you, to each and every one of you. Here’s the news:

  • Mateo’s bond reduced!
  • Luis is free!
  • Aaron is free!
  • Jonathan won!
We have several victories to celebrate, but I’ll start with Mateo, since I just got off the phone with him. Keep reading, though, and you’ll see there’s lots to celebrate today.

 

Mateo, one of the #Adelanto9 hunger strikers, just called me from Adelanto Detention Center. Today his immigration bond was lowered from $30,000 to $5,000, and he was literally on the brink of tears, bursting with joy and gratitude for everything that has been achieved in this struggle.

 

“I have no words to thank you all,” he said. “I never imagined we would get this far.”

 

Mateo joined the Refugee Caravan in Chiapas, Mexico in April. He joined 250 other Central Americans on an organized, self-defended journey north to the US border, where he crossed, was detained by US immigration officials, and sent to Adelanto in Southern California’s high desert. Despite repeatedly stating that he feared for his life in El Salvador – both verbally and in writing – on May 30th, ICE attempted to deport him, denying him the right to seek asylum. After a flurry of early morning phone calls & emails, Mateo was literally pulled out of line for a deportation plane and returned to Adelanto. A volunteer prepared him for his credible fear interview, which he passed, but ICE told him only $30,000 would get him out of jail.

 

On June 12th, Mateo and 8 other Central Americans launched a nonviolent hunger strike to protest abysmal conditions and impossibly high bonds. They immediately suffered brutal repression by GEO’s private prison guards, who beat and pepper sprayed them before sending them to solitary confinement. Mateo was drenched with pepper spray, especially in his crotch area, leaving him with skin problems that he still suffers from. Never to be deterred, in the following weeks they joined forces with Haitian detainees to launch even larger hunger strikes.

 

Despite all the hardship Mateo has faced, he and his companions have supported each other, encouraged each other, helped each other call their families when they don’t have any phone credit, and stayed focused on their goal. Today, with the help of a great many of you, Mateo took a huge step towards that goal. Bond reduced from $30k to $5k. With a few more bond fund donations (wink wink) he’ll be free in no time!

 

Today, we won a victory. That’s real teamwork. Special thanks to Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab and UC Irvine law students.

 

And what else?

 

Last night, Luis, another of the Adelanto hunger strikers, walked free!!! Here he is:

 

 

Thanks to generous donations, Luis’ entire $10,000 bond was paid. That means he did not have to resort to evil bond companies like Libre By Nexus who put a GPS ankle monitor on you and charge you 20% + $880 fee + $420/month – an amount that doesn’t even go towards paying your bond. Luis is free, and he’s really free. No ankle monitor. No monthly payments. Just court. In other words, just due process for an asylum seeker, as it should be. Well done, everyone! Luis’ first meal as a free man was two carne asada tacos and a coke! Special thanks to Mark Kleiman, Undocumedia, Human Rights Alliance and Indivisible Morongo Basin.

 

Also last night, Aaron, a well-loved member of the Refugee Caravan, also walked free!! Here he is with Maria Elena. Hi!

 

 

And the good news for Aaron doesn’t stop there. He walked free because HE WON HIS ASYLUM CASE!!! With pro-bono legal representation while detained in Theo Lacy (a notoriously horrendous detention center in Los Angeles) and then James Musick detention facility, Aaron fought his asylum case and won. He will have permission to live and work in peace, he will not be deported, and in a year he can apply for legal permanent residency. Special thanks to Friends of Orange County Detainees, LA Public Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP,

 

And last but not least, Jonathan, another Refugee Caravan member, won protection under the Convention Against Torture! That means that while Jonathan doesn’t have a path to citizenship (at least not yet! we’ll keep fighting…), he will not be deported to Honduras, where he faces grave danger, and he will be able to get out of immigration detention and hopefully be reunited with his beautiful little boy, “el colocho,” who was everyone’s favorite trouble-maker on the Caravan. Here are his little boy and him on the Caravan:

 

In conclusion…

 

You are part of something extraordinary and unusual that is growing, a hopeful effort to develop new ways to stand in solidarity with migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, brothers & sisters from all over the world for justice & freedom and against border imperialism. Black & Brown solidarity has flourished in this movement, grassroots support has been key, and migrant leadership has been constant. I really hope that you share this good news with your friends, family and colleagues, because we’re not hearing enough of it these days! I wish I could individually thank everyone who was involved in this effort, but there are too many – truly an army.

 

And if you’d like to get more involved or donate, please take that step! To find out how you can help, shoot me an email at mensing.alex@gmail.com. To donate to pay for Adelanto hunger strikers’ bonds, go to this website. Also, there’s another caravan taking place right now! The Viacrucis Guadalupano. Check it out here.
 
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU!!!

Immigration Team Update!

It’s been a busy period for the IMB Immigration Issues Team. Team Co-Leads Yolanda and Deborah were able to meet some of the released Adelanto Hunger Strikers (thank you so much, Indivisibles, for your invaluable assistance to the Bond Fund with contributions and sharing! together, we have made a difference!).

The team quickly organized a rally held October 6, calling on Representative Paul Cook to support a clean DREAM Act. We tried to invite Representative Cook to attend, but his email inbox was full!

Beautiful afternoon in Joshua Tree

Even without the congressman, we had a solid group of about 35 people in Joshua Tree on a Friday afternoon, standing up with our DACA recipient brothers and sisters, and there was lots of support from passing cars. Thank you to those who showed up, and to those who shared their support! A local DACA recipient came by and thanked us for the action and the moral support. It’s gratifying to know that you’re making a difference, and we’re so happy to show our solidarity with these young people.

Trump chicken flies in for DACA rally. Thanks, Indivisible San Bernardino!

Team Co-Leads were also able to see Senator Kamala Harris speaking at a jam-packed DREAM Act rally organized by CHIRLA and the student chapter of KRC at UC Irvine October 11. Senator Harris is an inspiring speaker, and the rally was fun and very loud! We were proud and happy to stand with the DREAMers, “chin up, shoulders back,” as Senator Harris put it.

Senator Kamala Harris at DACA rally at UC Irvine.

The only sour note was that some pro-Trump, anti-immigration counter-demonstrators were there, too…these particular people are familiar to Indivisible members, since they have exercised their First Amendment rights as loudly as possible at several demonstrations we’ve attended, including at Adelanto Detention Center and San Bernardino. This time, it appeared that they were encouraged to leave by police, although we weren’t close enough to hear exactly what transpired. We note that every time they have been present at a rally, they have been hugely outnumbered! And so it goes.

Supporting the DREAMers at UC Irvine

See more pictures and video of the rallies in Joshua Tree and at UC Irvine on the IMB Facebook page.

Rally in Joshua Tree October 6 to Support DREAMers!

Hey Paul Cook! Support our DREAMers!

Indivisible Morongo Basin will be rallying in Joshua Tree on Friday October 6 to ask Paul Cook to support the DREAM Act and keep DACA youth in the USA, their home!

The rally will meet from 5 to 6:30 pm at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard in Joshua Tree.

The bipartisan DREAM Act is legislation that will provide a path to citizenship for young people who were brought to the US as children. These young people have already passed background checks, and are currently in the military, in school and/or working. When President Trump rescinded DACA, he set in motion a process that will deport these upstanding people who only want to stay as productive members of society in the only home they’ve known.

More info at the Action Meeting on Tuesday, October 3 (did you register yet?) but get started now making a sign so we can stand up together for all members of our community!

Rumor has it the Trump Chicken might fly in for the occasion!

Tell Paul Cook that supporting the bipartisan DREAM Act is the right thing to do!

Support Needed For Released Adelanto Hunger-Strikers

We’ll provide a detailed update later today, but here’s what you need to know now:

The good news: Two more hunger-strikers are released!  Charles and Ceus have joined Julio, Civile, and Isaac on the outside.  Thank you for your contributions – now let’s bring the rest of the strikers home!

The need: The strikers that are released need support from all of us – money for basics, transportation volunteers, host families – everything.  Let’s all support the IMB Immigration Team and the other members of the coalition by pitching in any way we can.  Contact us with your donations or offers or for details on how you can help.

Here is an early assessment of the needs, and we will provide an update on the situation later today:

Money for:

  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Ankle monitor ($420/month)

Host families:

  • Short term
  • Long term

Transportation volunteers:

  • Pickup from Adelanto to North Hollywood (bail bondsman)
  • To lodging (Strategic lodging near North Hollywood [one night at least])
  • Pickup from lodging to host family (temp or long term)
  • Pickup to airport/bus depot

Clothes

Toiletries

International phone cards

THANK YOU, INDIVISIBLES!

 

Three Released From Adelanto

This is solidarity in action:  Thanks to your generosity, three of the Adelanto hunger strikers were freed this week.  Meet Isaac, Julio, and Civile.  They will now join the coalition to actively free the remaining detainees.

Isaac, Julio, and Civile

We’re up to $15,000, with nearly up to 5 detainees able to be released from Adelanto!  Isaac, Julio and Civile are the first three.  So we were excited that the average bond amount for the Adelanto Hunger Strikers had come down to about $2,300 per man. Then when CLUE started going to get them out, they found a little fine print addition of an $800 per man “release fee.” So the total per detainee is now about $3,100 each–still attainable, but it will take a little longer. Nonetheless, we are delighted we’ve collectively raised more than $9,500! That’s three detainees. Please help the remaining hunger strikers go home to their families:  contribute if you are able, and share.

Read  more on our Immigration Issues page, and the San Bernardino Sun has a new article on the situation here.

Standing Up for DACAmented Youth

August 15th was the fifth anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program that has provided safe harbor to live and work in our communities for 800,000 Americans who arrived in the U.S. as children. With Trump in office, these young people are facing the unthinkable prospect of being ripped from their homes and shoved into the deportation pipelineOn Tuesday, August 15, IMB members joined others across the nation to take the future of the DACAmented youth out of Trump’s hands by urging Senators Feinstein and Harris and Congressman Paul Cook to co-sponsor the bipartisan DREAM Act — S.1615 and H.R. 3591 (learn more about DACA and these bills here).

Indivisible National highlights some of the actions taken last week:

Thanks to all the groups who stood side-by-side with DACAmented Americans this week. You should continue to tell your MoCs to stand up for childhood arrivals and co-sponsor S.1615 and H.R. 3591 now using our explainer and script developed in partnership with United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center.

You can read more about United We Dream’s events in Washington and Indivisible Co-Executive Directors’ civil disobedience arrest in support of DACAmented Americans on the Indivisible Guide blog.

How You Can Help the Hunger Strikers at Adelanto

Are you angered by immigrant abuse at the Adelanto Detention Facility and wishing you could help the refugees there on hunger strike?

Now, the Los Angeles group Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) is organizing a fundraising effort to get these men out of detention.  Please consider a donation, if you are able, or share this post and links to help spread the word!

To recap: People seeking asylum in the US, political and economic refugees from Central America and elsewhere, people who are in fear for their lives in their homelands, are detained at taxpayer expense in private prisons, for corporate profits. These people are not criminals, and have broken no laws in the United States, but when they approach the border and make their plea for asylum, they are separated from their families and put in detention with bond requirements completely beyond their means–sums ranging from $15,000 to $80,000.

Nine detainees at Adelanto Detention Center went on a hunger strike to protest their situation and the treatment they have received. One was deported, but eight remained. These eight were joined by 20 detained Haitians in solidarity, and these 28 men have succeeded in having their bond amounts reduced. The total amount is still $493,500–an absurd amount that is clearly beyond these innocent refugees’ ability to pay–but for a fraction of that, and including the amounts the detainees’ families have been able to scrape together, these men could be released and allowed to join their families, where they will be able to recuperate and prepare for their hearings, and attempt to raise the rest of the bond money.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times or on our Immigration Issues page.

So do you want to make a difference?  Help the hunger strikers with a donation and share this post and links to help spread the word!  #WelcomeRefugees #Not1More ClueJustice.org/Adelanto

CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS

CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS (Descargar documento)

Recuerde, todas las personas en los Estados Unidos, sin importar su estatus migratorio, tienen derechos bajo la Constitución de los Estados Unidos y otras leyes. Asegúrese de conocer sus derechos si usted es contactado por la policía o ICE. Revise la información a continuación para ayudarle a entender cuáles son sus derechos y qué hacer en diferentes situaciones.

USTED TIENE DERECHOS

Todas las personas que se encuentran en los EE.UU., sean ciudadanos o no, cuentan con ciertos derechos bajo la Constitución de los EE.UU. y otras leyes.

  • Tiene el derecho de rehusarse a dar consentimiento a inmigración o a la policía para que le registren a usted, a su carro o a su casa.
  • Tiene derecho de permanecer en silencio. Si quiere ejercer ese derecho, debe decirlo en voz alta.
  • Si usted no es ciudadano Americano, tiene derecho a llamar al consulado de su país de origen. Inmigración y la policía deben de permitirle a su consulado que le visite o hable con usted.
  • Tiene el derecho de hablar con un abogado antes de contestar cualquier pregunta. Puede decir, “Permaneceré en silencio hasta que hable con un abogado.”
  • No tiene que firmar nada que no entienda.
  • Tiene derecho a una copia de todos sus documentos de inmigración.

* Esto no pretende ser un asesoramiento

legal.

QUÉ HACER SI INMIGRACIÓN O LA POLICÍA TOCAN A SU PUERTA

DETÉNGASE UN MOMENTO Y PIENSE DOS VECES CUANDO ALGUIEN LLEGUE A SU

PUERTA Normalmente usted no tiene la obligación de abrirle la puerta a nadie. Ni inmigración ni la policía pueden entrar a su hogar sin una orden judicial firmada por un juez.

PERMANEZCA CALLADO(A) Inmigración puede utilizar  cualquier cosa que usted diga en contra suya.

PERMANEZCA TRANQUILO(A) Y NO CORRA Utilice su teléfono para tomar fotos y notas sobre la redada, pero permanezca tranquilo(a) y no corra.

PIDA HABLAR CON SU ABOGADO Y PIENSE DOS VECES ANTES DE FIRMAR CUALQUIER COSA No firme documentos que no entienda o no quiera firmar. Un abogado especializado en defensa de deportaciones tal vez pueda ayudarle a pelear su

caso.

QUÉ HACER SI INMIGRACIÓN O LA POLICÍA LE DETIENEN MIENTRAS MANEJA

PERMANEZCA EN SILENCIO Muéstrele a la policía su licencia de conducir. Si se lo piden, muestre el registro de su automóvil y prueba de seguro. Pero todavía tiene el derecho permanecer en silencio acerca de todo lo demás. Inmigración puede utilizar cualquier cosa que diga en su contra. Tiene derecho de negarse a dar su consentimiento para una búsqueda de sí mismo o de su automóvil.

PERMANEZCA EN CALMA Y NO CORRA Utilice su teléfono para tomar fotos y notas acerca de la parada, pero permanezca en calma y no corra.

PIDA HABLAR CON SU ABOGADO Y PIENSE DOS VECES ANTES DE FIRMAR ALGO No firme ningún documento que no entienda o no quiera firmar. Tiene el derecho de hablar con un abo-gado.

AYUDA LEGAL Siempre tenga una lista de proveedores de servicios legales por si necesita un abogado.

QUÉ HACER SI INMIGRACIÓN O LA POLICÍA LE DETIENEN AFUERA

PERMANEZCA EN SILENCIO Si le preguntan, debe de dar su nombre. Pero todavía tiene el derecho de permanecer en silencio acerca de todo lo demás. Inmigración puede usar cualquier cosa que diga en contra suya.

PERMANEZCA EN CALMA Y NO CORRA Utilice su teléfono para tomar fotos y notas, pero permanezca en calma y no corra.

PIDA HABLAR CON SU ABOGADO Y PIENSE DOS VECES ANTES DE FIRMAR ALGO No firme ningún documento que no entienda o no quiera firmar. Tiene el derecho de hablar con un abogado.

AYUDA LEGAL Siempre tenga una lista de proveedores de servicios legales por si necesita un abogado.

QUÉ HACER SI INMIGRACIÓN LLEGA 

A SU LUGAR DE TRABAJO

NO CORRA Manténgase en calma y no corra. Correr puede ser visto como una admisión de culpa.

NO LLEVE CON USTED DOCUMENTOS FAL-SOS Proporcionar documentos falsos a ICE puede resultar en deportación o en cargos criminales.

NO INTERFIERA CON LOS AGENTES DE ICE Interferir con los agentes de ICE durante un redada en el lugar de trabajo le puede exponer a cargos criminales.

NO FIRME NADA QUE NO QUIERA FIRMAR O QUE NO ENTIENDA Piense dos veces antes de firmar cualquier documento sin antes hablar con un abogado. Firmar un documento puede llevarle a estar de acuerdo a abandonar voluntariamente los Estados Unidos. Consultar con un abogado antes de firmar algo es la mejor manera de proteger sus derechos.

EL DERECHO DE PERMANECER EN SILENCIO Usted tiene el derecho constitucional de permanecer en silencio y de rehusarse a contestar preguntas. Si desea ejercer su derecho de permanecer en silencio, muéstrele a ICE su tarjeta de Conozca Sus Derechos.

MANTENGA NÚMEROS DE TELÉFONO IMPORTANTES CON USTED Mantenga el número de teléfono de su sindicato y proveedor de servicios legales con usted.

QUÉ HACER SI ES ARRESTADO

PERMANEZCA EN SILENCIO Tiene el derecho de permanecer en silencio. Inmigración puede utilizar cualquier cosa que diga en su contra.

PERMANEZCA EN CALMA Y NO CORRA Utilice su teléfono para tomar fotos y notas acerca de la parada, pero permanezca en calma y no corra.

PIDA HABLAR CON SU ABOGADO Y PIENSE DOS VECES ANTES DE FIRMAR ALGO No firme ningún documento que no entienda o no quiera  firmar. Tiene el derecho de hablar con un abogado.

AYUDA LEGAL Siempre tenga una lista de proveedores de servicios legales por si necesita un abogado.

QUÉ HACER SI ESTÁ EN LA CÁRCEL

PERMANEZCA EN SILENCIO Usted tiene derecho a permanecer en silencio y el derecho de hablar a un abogado de oficio. La información acerca de su estatus migratorio puede ser utilizada en su contra en su caso penal o de inmigración.

PIDA HABLAR CON SU ABOGADO No firme ningún documento que no entienda o no quiera firmar. Tiene el derecho de hablar con un abogado.

PIENSE DOS VECES ANTES DE FIRMAR ALGO No firme ningún documento que no entienda o no quiera firmar. Tiene el derecho de hablar con un abogado.

AYUDA LEGAL Siempre tenga una lista de proveedores de servicios legales por si necesita un abogado.

TARJETA DE CONOZCA SUS DERE-CHOS: DESCARGUE Y GUARDE EN SU TELÉFONO

Descargue esta tarjeta y guárdela en su teléfono  móvil. Esta tarjeta puede protegerlo si inmigración ola policía lo interroga. Esta tarjeta le dirá a inmi-gración o la policía  que usted está ejerciendo sus derechos constitucionales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOY UN CIUDADANO ESTADO-UNIDENSE, ¿QUÉ DEBO HACER SI ICE ME INTERROGA, ME DETIENE O ME ARRESTA?

¿TIENE ICE EL DERECHO DE DETENER O ARRESTAR CIUDADANOS ESTADO-UNIDENSES EN BASE AL ESTATUS MIGRA-TORIO? NO. La ley de inmigración y sus normas no aplican a ciudadanos estadounidenses. Los agentes de ICE solamente tienen autoridad de deportación sobre los no ciudadanos.

  • Los agentes de ICE violan la 4ta y la 5ta Enmienda de la Constitución si interrogan, detienen o arrestan a un ciudadano estadounidense basándose en la raza del ciudadano.
  • Dígale a ICE que usted es un ciudadano estadounidense y ICE no tiene la autoridad de detenerle o arrestarle.
  • Pida hablar con su abogado. Usted tiene el derecho de hablar con su abogado.
  • Pida el nombre del agente de ICE y su número de identificación y guarde esa información.
  • Consulte con un abogado acerca de presentar una demanda si usted es interrogado, detenido, y arrestado. ICE y la policía que asiste a ICE pueden ser responsables de pagar multas y daños monetarios por interrogar, detener y arrestar ilegalmente a ciudadanos estadounidenses.

* Para obtener información adicional, póngase en contacto con yolanda@indivisiblemb.org

Know Your Rights

Know your rights (Download as document)

Remember, all people in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, have rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws. Make sure you know your rights if you are approached by police or ICE. Review the information below to help you understand what your rights are and what to do in different situations.

YOU HAVE RIGHTS

All people in the U.S., whether citizen or non-citizen, have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws.

  • You have the right to refuse consent for immigration or the police to search yourself, your car or your home.
  • You have the right to remain silent. If you want to exercise that right, you should say it out loud.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you have the right to call the consulate of your home country. Immigration and police must let your consulate visit or speak with you.
  • You have the right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions. You may say, “I will remain silent until I speak to an attorney.”
  • You do not have to sign anything that you do not understand.
  • You have the right to a copy of all your immigration papers.

*Not intended as legal advice

WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OF THE POLICE COME TO YOUR DOOR

STOP AND THINK TWICE WHEN SOMEONE COMES TO YOUR DOOR: You’re not normally required to open the door to anyone. Immigration and the police can’t come into your home without awarrant signed by a judge.

REMAIN SILENT: You have the right to remain silent. Immigration can use anythingyou say against you.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN: Use your phone to take photos and notes about the raid, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING: Do not sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. A lawyer who know deportation defense may be able to help you fight your case.

WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OR THE POLICE STOP YOU WHILE 

DRIVING YOUR CAR

REMAIN SILENT: Show the police your driver’s license. If asked, show your car registration and proof of insurance. But you still have the right to remain silent about everything else. Immigration can use anything you say against you. You have the right to refuse to give your consent for a search of yourself or your car.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN: Use your phone to take photos and notes about the stop, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING: Don’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP: Always have a list of legal service providers in case you need a lawyer.

WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OR THE POLICE STOP YOU OUTDOORS

REMAIN SILENT: If asked, you should give your name. But you still have the right to remain silent about everything else. Immigration can use anything you say against you.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN: Use your phone to take photos and notes about the stop, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING: Don’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You havethe right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP: Always have a list of legal service providers in case you need a lawyer.

WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION COMES TO YOUR WORKPLACE

DON’T RUN: Stay calm and don’t run. Running may be seen as an admission of guilt.

DON’T CARRY FALSE DOCUMENTS: Providing false documents to ICE may result in deportation and criminal charges.

DON’T INTERFERE WITH ICE AGENTS: Interfering with ICE agents during a work- place raid may expose you to criminal charges.

DON’T SIGN ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO SIGN OR DON’T UNDERSTAND: Think twice before signing anything without talking to a lawyer. Signing a paper may end up being an agreement to voluntarily leave the United States. Consulting with a lawyer before signing anything is the best way to protect your rights.

THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT: You have the constitutional right to remain silent and to refuse to answer questions. If you want to exercise your right to remain silent, show ICE your Know Your Rights card.

KEEP IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS WITH YOU: Keep the phone number of your union and legal services provider with you.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED

REMAIN SILENT: You have the right to remain silent. Immigration can use anything you say against you.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN: Use your phone to take photos and notes about the stop, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING: Don’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP: Always have a list of legal service providers in case you need a lawyer.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN JAIL

REMAIN SILENT: You have the right to remain silent and the right to speak to your public defender. The information about your immigration status can be used against you in your criminal or immigration case.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY: Remember to speak to your public defender before answering any questions from a police or immigration officer.

THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING: Don’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP: Always have a list of legal service providers in case you need a lawyer.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CARD: DOWNLOAD AND SAVE TO YOUR PHONE

Download this card and save it to your phone. This card can protect you if immigration or the police question you. The card will tell immigration or police that you are exercising your constitutional rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’M A U.S. CITIZEN. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF ICE QUESTIONS, DETAINS OR ARRESTS ME?

DOES ICE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DETAIN OR ARREST U.S. CITIZENSBASED ON IMMIGRATION STATUS?

NO. The immigration law and its rules do not apply to U.S. citizens. ICE agents have deportation authority over non-citizens only.

  • Ice agents violate the 4th and 5th Amendment of the Constitution if they question, detain or arrest a U.S. citizen based on the citizen’s race.
  • Tell ICE that you are a U.S. citizen and ICE does not have the authority to detain or arrest you.
  • Ask to speak to your lawyer. You have the right to speak to your lawyer.
  • Ask for the ICE agent’s name and badge number and save that information.
  • Consult a lawyer about filing a lawsuit if you are questioned, detained and arrested. ICE and local police that assist ICE may be liable to pay fines and monetary damages for unlawful, questioning, detention and arrest of U.S. citizens.

*For additional information, please contact  yolanda@indivisiblemb.org

“We Don’t Feel OK Here” – Adelanto in the LA Times

Problems at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a focus of the IMB Immigration Issues Team, have hit the front page of the Los Angeles Times:  “‘We don’t feel OK here’: Detainee deaths, suicide attempts and hunger strikes plague California immigration facility.

Located in the high desert 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, the Adelanto Detention Facility can house nearly 2,000 men and women. Officials say more than 73,000 detainees have passed through since it opened in 2011.

 

Among those held there are asylum seekers, people caught in immigration sweeps and those identified by authorities as potentially deportable after landing in jail. Some have lived in the U.S. for decades, others were sent to Adelanto soon after crossing the border.

 

The GEO Group, which operates dozens of private prisons and detention centers around the country, owns and operates the facility. GEO Group receives a fee of up to about $112 per day per detainee from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with the city of Adelanto serving as a go-between.

 

Detainees and advocates have long complained of medical neglect, poor treatment by guards, lack of response to complaints and other problems. Government inspectors have also noted significant deficiencies at the facility — often related to medical care.

A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from a segregated housing unit back into the general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility in 2013. (John Moore / Getty Images)

…Rivera Martinez pointed to his mouth, where he had a gap in his teeth, and his nose, which crooked to the left, to show Peñalosa damage he alleged was caused by guards.

 

Attorney Nicole Ramos told the judge she was struggling to communicate with Rivera Martinez because the facility had blocked her phone number. (ICE officials say they sometimes block phone numbers for security reasons.)

 

Peñalosa said he would take note of the complaints. But he also explained to Rivera Martinez that his court is charged with deciding immigration cases, not resolving problems within the facility.

 

Rivera Martinez came to the U.S. this spring in a caravan with dozens of asylum seekers from Central America.

 

He said he fled El Salvador after a gang killed his brother and kidnapped him, his wife and teenage daughter when they witnessed the slaying. After the family escaped, Rivera Martinez said, he learned that the gang had occupied his house.

 

“I can’t return home anymore,” he said.