Everyone in America, regardless of immigration status, is entitled to basic rights and protections defined in the Constitution.
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country and, in the process, seeks to improve immigration law and policy, expand the capacity of legal service providers, and advance immigrant rights.
With the Trump administration’s more aggressive focus on immigration and the increased activity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, many immigrants without legal authorization may benefit from education regarding their constitutional protections. For this reason, the ILRC created Red Cards.
According to the agency, Red (Know Your Rights) Cards were created to “help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Knowing and asserting rights can make a huge difference in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home.”
Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights.
There was a recent incident in Los Angeles where ICE agents were shown a Red Card by a woman who greeted them at the door of a residence. Because she asserted her rights, the agents were forced to retreat until they could secure a search warrant.
The Red Card reads as follows: “I do not wish to speak with you, answer your questions, or sign or hand you any documents based on my 5th Amendments rights under the United States Constitution.
“I do not give you permission to enter my home based on my 4th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution unless you have a warrant to enter, signed by a judge or magistrate with my name on it that you slide under the door.”
Since Trump’s election, the ILRC has been overwhelmed by requests for Red Cards, resulting in a couple of weeks’ delay to receive requested cards. To order free Red Cards, visit https://docs.google.com/a/fwd.us/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFXWBmGuzlA7Ij8ugrYscUCJjcEsRQuOITX5ZV-bOFC2G5iA/viewform. For more information regarding ILRC, visit www.ilrc.org.