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Emergency Planning

Family Preparedness Plan

Information about making a family plan, including making a child care plan, finding out immigration options, talking to your children, and writing down important numbers.

The Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network

If you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S. please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the U.S. If you do plan to travel back to the US, you should fill out a USCIS G-28 form first that officially appoints an attorney to represent you in immigration situations and have that completed form with you as you board your flight.

The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely.

If you are non-citizen, even green card holder (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named, and you are ALREADY INSIDE the U.S., plan to DELAY all international travel for at least 90 days.IF YOU LEAVE YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE DENIED RE-ENTRY.

If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named, and you are OUTSIDE of the U.S., you will face issues at the airport upon attempting to re-enter the US.IF YOU ARE ASKED TO SIGN AN I-407 AT THE AIRPORT OR BORDER DO NOT SIGN IT, ASK FOR THE SUPERVISOR WHO HANDLES LPR ADMISSIONS. If you sign it, you will be giving up your green card.

Whether you are a citizen or not, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should consult with an attorney before speaking to them. Get copies of business cards of all law enforcement officials. [IF YOU CAN. This is not an option for many]

JUNTOS (Philadelphia) Immigration Blog/Resources Tool

What to do if...

An ICE agent tries to question you:

Refer to your Red Card:

The Red 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. You can order them at the link above.

Remain Silent: Don’t respond to the questions of an immigration agent or provide any personal information.

Don’t Open Your Door: If agents come to your home, ask that a search warrant be passed under your door or shown through a window. You lose certain rights by allowing agents into your home.

Don’t Sign Anything: In case of detention, don’t sign any document. Ask to speak with an attorney and for a hearing in immigration court.

A police officer tries to question you:

From the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union): We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all fairly, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. This card provides tips for interacting with police and understanding your rights.