Top Immigration Tips for Non-Citizens
Combating a Climate of Fear
"There are unforeseen consequences to the recent immigration raids, " reports Marc Santia of NBC New York during his interview with Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan. "Fear is permeating some communities and criminals are capitalizing on it."
Catholic Charities is fighting this fear with a special phone bank, attorneys and top tips for non-citizens
“In this climate of fear, truth is power,” Msgr. Sullivan says “and Catholic Charities has been working to stop the spread of misinformation.”
The special phone bank Catholic Charities and fellow organizations set up this week to answer immigration questions is receiving 500 calls in just three-to-four hours, Msgr. Sullivan tells NBC News. People are calling to ask whether their children should go to school because they’re afraid.
“Even if they don’t have documents they have rights,” Msgr. Sullivan says.
Here are our top tips for non-citizens:
- Consult with an attorney or legal organization prior to making international travel plans.
- Carry a valid state of city I.D. if possible.
- If represented by an attorney, carry the attorney’s business card or contact information.
- Do not make any misrepresentations on official documents, such as government applications for food stamps, driver’s licenses, school forms, etc.
- If you have an arrest history, consult with an attorney and avoid contact with immigration authorities.
- Do not lie to law enforcement.
- Do not drink and drive, speed, drive with broken taillights or without a license, violate any traffic ordinance, or any other law which would give law enforcement a reason for a stop and/or arrest.
- Do not jump the turnstile or avoid paying the fair if using public transportation. Such minor infractions could lead to an arrest, conviction and possible removal from the U.S.
- Learn about Catholic Charities Immigration Week in partnership with Univision and El diario
- Call our New Americans Hotline at1-800-566-7636