Undocumented Student Week of Action (Know Your Rights)

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00:00:00 In this section, the speaker talks about the California Dream Network and its role in helping undocumented students across the state. They offer resources for students who need to transfer from one school to another and provide free legal resources for those who need assistance in legal matters. The presentation covers the Triple RN, which stands for La Raza Rapid Response Network, and provides tips on what to do if ICE comes to your home, workplace, or stops you in public. The speaker emphasizes the power of spreading the information learned to others to ensure that more people are informed about their rights. This presentation is part one of a two-part series, and attendees can join upcoming Triple RN trainings for more information on the topic.

00:05:00 In this section, the speaker encourages viewers to contact Pedro Trujillo, a seasoned organizer who can help connect US citizens with the second training of the Rapid Response Network (RRN), which is geared towards teaching citizens how to use their privilege to stop or document ICE raids. The RRN is a network that operates across the state and allows people to report suspicious ICE activity. The speaker then discusses the creation of the DHS after the 9/11 attacks, which aimed to protect the country but was created with xenophobic sentiment. The speaker also dives into the role of CBP, USCIS, and ICE within the DHS, stating that ICE is a rogue agency with unlimited power and is known for doing their own arrests without cause. The speaker warns viewers that ICE’s reality does not match their rhetoric and cautions them to be prepared by creating a family plan in case of extreme circumstances.

00:10:00 In this section, the speaker discusses how ICE agents identify themselves or don’t. ICE agents are not required to wear any identifying uniform or badge number, which makes it difficult to recognize them as law enforcement officials. They sometimes wear police insignia or fancy corporate suits, instead of the usual ICE uniform, and use unmarked vehicles with tinted windows. The speaker shares an experience of seeing ICE agents wearing Metallica T-shirts and approaching them while they were at a mall. The speaker also emphasizes that there are specific locations that ICE cannot detain or interrogate people, including hospitals, places of worship, schools, and demonstrations. However, they have been seen at courthouses, which is scary for undocumented people who go there for various legal reasons.

00:15:00 time but usually, it helps them just walk away right because they know they can’t really proceed if a person knows their rights and they’re practicing them. In this section, the speaker discusses how their organization provides support and advocacy for undocumented individuals who have to attend appointments in different cities, often dealing with rogue agencies lurking outside the courthouse. The speaker emphasizes the importance of knowing your rights, regardless of your immigration status, and offers tips for unlearning previously formed ideas and stereotypes. They explain that every individual in the U.S. has rights because of the U.S. Constitution, and that invoking those rights can shift the balance of power. The speaker also provides an example of how giving a know your rights card to an officer can often be enough to deter them from taking action.

00:20:00 In this section, the speaker recommends carrying a “know your rights” card in case an individual encounters an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer. These cards can be downloaded and printed out from various organizations, and the speaker stresses the importance of having an attorney’s number written down if possible. Additionally, the speaker advises against carrying false documents, lying to immigration officers, or signing any documents presented by ICE officers. The speaker cautions against complying with any coercive tactics to get individuals to talk as these tactics can lead to signing documents that result in deportation.

00:25:00 you see it on TV or in movies, ICE agents cannot enter your home without a warrant. Knowing and asserting your rights is important in case ICE comes to your home. When ICE agents arrive, do not open the door and ask them to show you a warrant, which they must slip under the door or through a nearby window. Take a moment to calm yourself and check the five criteria of the warrant: it must be from a court, signed by a judge, have a title of warrant, have the correct address, and have the correct person’s name on it. Document ICE activity if you witness it, as it can help someone’s deportation case. However, refrain from engaging in ICE operations, and remember to have an attorney present if you or someone you know is detained.

00:30:00 In this section, the speaker explains the technicalities that can make an ICE warrant invalid such as a misspelled name, an incorrect address, an expired date, and the lack of a signature from a judge. The speaker shows an example of a fake warrant that looks legit but is not a court order. She advises that if an invalid warrant is presented, the person should hand it back to ICE and say “I do not consent, I do not want to talk to you” and “please leave.” The speaker also shares a video from the ACLU that provides guidance on how to deal with ICE agents that may try to deceive their way into homes. The video suggests not opening the door, asking for a warrant and ID, and not showing them anything or saying anything except “I do not consent for you to enter my home, please leave.”

00:35:00 In this section, the speaker discusses encounters with ICE in public places and the importance of remaining calm, knowing your rights, and using the correct phrases when speaking to ICE officers. The speaker emphasizes on the significance of asking officers if you’re being detained or if you’re free to go and not disclosing information about your activities. Additionally, the speaker advises taking notes about what happened during an ICE encounter as they might be useful in future immigration procedures. Lastly, the speaker mentions that educating employers on employees’ rights and informing them about I-9 audits can promote workplace safety for undocumented workers.

00:40:00 In this section, the speaker provides advice on what to do if an ICE officer stops an individual. Firstly, the speaker advises not to carry any documents from your country, such as passports or IDs, and states that memorizing any important information, such as an alien number is better. They also recommend that individuals do not consent to searches and that they understand their rights. They then suggest taking action before anything happens by preparing a family plan, including finding an immigration attorney and writing down the alien number for family members to use to locate you. The speaker provides the numbers for the Rapid Response Network and ICE officers, and they recommend contacting a lawyer to create documents such as temporary custody letters or caregiver affidavits to ensure that children are taken care of if their parents are detained.

00:45:00 In this section of the UndocuWeek Celebration, the speaker encourages audience members to share their identification numbers with family members and provides her contact information for future presentations to different groups. She also introduces Shannon Camacho as the coordinator for the Triple R program, which helps individuals who are facing deportation. The speaker concludes her presentation by opening the floor to questions and offering to clarify anything for the audience.

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