Check out the Immigrant Preparedness Plan.
SPECIFIC TIPS FOR IMMIGRANTS
- Protect Yourself & Your Family First. Only you can weigh the pros and cons for how public or vocal you become in relation to your immigration status (U.S. Citizen v. Legal Permanent Resident v. Refugee or Assylum-seeker, Visa Holder v. Undocumented).
- Your Rights or Safety May Depend on Where You Live. Some states and cities have been more vocal with stronger laws protecting immigrants than others.
- Apply for Citizenship. Help immigrants eligible for citizenship become US Citizens.
- Share your story. (With friends, neighbors, press, members of Congress). If you feel unsafe or in any way at risk in doing so, consider using first name only; a pseudonym; or a friend to speak up for you.
- Why. Make sure people know why you left your country of origin, and everything it took for you get to the United States and what you are contributing to our community, country and society.
- Contact White House expressing opposition to executive orders, discriminatory “travel bans” or “extreme vetting”; oppose building a wall; and deportation policies.
- Contact Attorney General expressing opposition to executive orders, discriminatory “travel bans” or “extreme vetting”; oppose building a wall; and deportation policies.
- Contact Member of Congress expressing opposition to executive orders, discriminatory “travel bans” or “extreme vetting”; oppose building a wall; and deportation policies.
- Contact Press to share your story about why and how you came to the U.S. and how these policies may impact you. Help press cover the geo-political realities of where you came from and why you left. Find other role models and heroes in American history that were immigrants.
- Grow Your Allies Within the Immigrant Community. Share information and tips with other people you know in the immigrant community and offer to be there to support one another.
- Grow Your Allies in the Broader Community. Share your story with neighbors, family, co-workers, schools, churches, and other organizations so that if anyone faces a challenge there are other ready and prepared to fight for you.
- Get Legal Advice. If you are concerned that you could be at risk for deportation, get legal counsel to advice you on the law. You do not have to open your door for law enforcement or allow a search unless they have a warrant.
- Make a Plan (That I Hope You Never Need). For you or your family of what to do and who to contact if you are questioned, detained or arrested.
SOME COMMUNITY ALLIES, ADVOCATES & RESOURCES
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: http://coloradoimmigrant.org/
Colorado Peoples Alliance (COPA): https://coloradopeoplesalliance.org/
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): http://aclu-co.org/
American Friends Service Committee: https://www.afsc.org/office/denver-co
Colorado Refugee Services Program: https://sites.google.com/a/state.co.us/cdhs-refugee/
African Community Center: http://www.acc-den.org/
Colorado African Organization: http://www.caoden.org/
Jewish Family Services: http://www.jewishfamilyservice.org/
Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning: https://www.springinstitute.org/
Lutheran Family Servoces: http://www.lfsrm.org/refugee-asylee
Colorado Rapid Response Network: Rapid Response Network