With ICE raids on immigrants across the country, CAIR-Connecticut joined CAIR National, along with many local chapters, in protesting these roundups. CAIR-Connecticut board member Fahd Syed was interviewed in a local news segment, where he was featured speaking before Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.
Additionally, CAIR-CT would like to share the following recommendations and reminders, written by CAIR-Los Angeles.
- If you are approached by a law enforcement officer, ask for the officer’s identification.
- While in certain circumstances, you are required to identify yourself to police officers, you are not required to identify yourself to immigration agents absent a warrant.
- You have the right to remain silent and to speak to a lawyer.
- Never falsify claims to U.S. citizenship.
- Don’t say anything about where you were born or how you entered the U.S.
- Tell the agent that you wish to remain silent.
- You have the right to refuse signing any papers without first speaking to a lawyer.
- You should never sign any document without fully reading and understanding the consequences. Some documents waive your rights and allow immigration officers to deport your before you see a lawyer or judge.
- If you are a non-citizen and have valid U.S. immigration status, the law requires you to carry your immigration documents (e.g. green card or work permit) with you at all times.
- If you have valid U.S. immigration documents, and an agent asks you for them, it is generally recommended that you produce them.
- Keep a copy of all U.S. and foreign government-issued documents in a safe place and make sure a family member or friend can get them if necessary. Apply for a replacement immediately if any of your documents are expired or lost.
- Never show a law enforcement officer, from any agency, fake immigration documents or lie about your citizenship.
- Do not carry papers from another country (e.g. foreign passport or birth certificate) with you.
- If an immigration agent comes to your door, do not open your door unless the agent provides a signed warrant.
- Ask the agent to hold the warrant against a window or slide it under the door.
- You are only required to let them in to your home if the warrant is issued by a court and signed by a judge. An administrative warrant from immigration authorities is not the same.
- The warrant must have your correct name and address on it.
If you have questions about your immigration status or would like to speak to an immigration attorney, you can always reach CAIR Connecticut through our website or by calling 860-341-2247.