A training on the rights of immigrants was conducted last Feb. 18 by the Michigan United for members and officers of the US Pinoys For Good Governance (USP4GG) and other persons at the Philippine Mini Mart in Troy.
The training was deemed important in the wake of the recent arrest of hundreds of immigrants. It was aimed at protecting immigrants and their family members in the event of raids or searches on their homes.
Scores of immigrants who are not United States citizens were arrested or detained recently by U.S. government authorities.
Participants in the training were informed of their rights such as the right to remain silent, right to speak to a lawyer and right to make phone calls if they are arrested.
The resource persons stressed that people have the right to remain silent if they are undocumented and questioned by the authorities. The attendees were advised not to answer any question and tell the investigator that they need to speak to a lawyer.
They are also advised to always carry their valid immigration documents and not to say where they were born and how they entered the United States.
Officers and Members of USP4GG attend training on Immigrants’ Rights
The resource persons from Michigan United likewise stressed that if police or immigration agents raid the houses of immigrants, they have the right to examine the warrant and not to open the door.
Immigrants are advised to stay calm if government agents come to see them in their homes and in their workplaces.
Several other immigrants’ rights were also discussed during the training.
The participants were likewise urged to become advocates of immigrants’ rights. Similar trainings may be conducted for interested groups by Michigan United, a statewide coalition for comprehensive immigration, citizenship and legal services programs.
For more information about Michigan United, interested individuals are asked to call 1-877-507-7774.