As you get ready to attend, remember the core goal of this moment is to demand justice for the Black lives lost through police brutality. We are here to echo the Movement for Black Lives’ demands to defund the police and create concrete systemic change for Black lives.
Even if the media claims immigration agencies won’t be making arrests, CBP have been deployed to demonstrations. We know that ANY interactions with any law enforcement agency can lead to detention/deportation. It is imperative that if you attend you show up with a plan and be grounded in solidarity.
*Note: Front line demonstrators are potentially at higher risk of arrest, be alert that reports have shown that police is detaining demonstrators even when they are not an active participant of the event*.
Each immigration case is different and enforcement interactions can impact differently for each individual. Having trusted legal counsel can answer key questions about the impact on current and future adjustment of status.
Have a preparedness package ready and leave it with someone of trust.
Identify if there are any forms of support ready for potential arrests:
Identify a trusted Immigration attorney ready to respond
If you are planning to take your phone,
If arrested, here are best ways identify yourself
It’s best to not carry your EAD card.
Most common charges in demonstrations can be:
If someone in your group is being detained and you interfere, you can be detained for interfering. Make sure an ally is prepared to record and collect information like:
Make sure this information is focused on the officers and not the person being detained
If you are detained, remain calm, remember and execute your plan as best as you can.
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