Know Your Rights
In these uncertain times, it’s important that you know your rights. Below are our latest resources:
Know Your Rights: A Guide to Your Rights When Interacting with Law Enforcement
- Video series: We Have Rights: What to Do when Interacting with ICE – English, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic, Hatian Creole, Russian
- Everyone Has Certain Basic Rights, No Matter Who is President – Info sheet in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Korean
- “Conozca sus Derechos” Oregon-specific Know Your Rights video in Spanish
- Know Your Rights videos for speakers of Maya Mam and Maya Ixil
- Know Your Rights Cards in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Arabic, & Korean
- Know Your Rights Cards In Arabic, Farsi, Somali, & Spanish
- Eye-catching Know Your Rights flyers in English, Spanish, Polish, Korean, Tagalog, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Hindi, and Hatian Creole
- Know Your Rights resources from the ACLU
- Know Your Rights handouts in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Haitian Creole, and Punjabi
- Graphic: What to Do if ICE shows up at your Workplace
- Graphic: Know the Difference: I-9 Audits vs. ICE Raids
- Help for Immigrant Families: Guidance for Schools
- Immigration Resources for Teachers and Educators
- Frequently Asked Questions for School Officials
- A Guide for Employers: What to do if Immigration Comes to your Workplace
- Video: Tips and Tools for Employers: I-9 Audits, Raids, and Social Security No-Match Letters [Presented 5/30/2019 in Beaverton, Oregon]
- View Accompanying Powerpoint
- Recommendations for Employers – prepare for ICE action
- Recommended Employer Instructions to Employees – what to do in case of ICE action
- Social Security No-Match Letter Toolkit – A guide from NILC to “Employer Correction Request” letters from the Social Security Administration
For Health Care Providers:
- Health Care Providers and Immigration Enforcement: Know Your Rights, Know Your Patients’ Rights
- FAQ: Services to Immigrant Patients
Find more resources for individuals, social service providers, and educators at: www.informedimmigrant.com
What to do?
Nonprofit immigration legal services
Visit the National Immigration Legal Services Directory. You can find nonprofit organizations in your state that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services.
Immigration Lawyer Search
In addition the above resource of free or low-cost immigration legal services, you may also choose to work with a private immigration lawyer. To search for a lawyer in your area, please visit the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Lawyer Search.
Representation in Immigration Court
Some Oregon residents may be eligible for free representation at Portland Immigration Court through Equity Corps of Oregon. Learn more and seek assistance here.
Other legal services
Visit Oregon Law Help’s directory of nonprofit legal services or contact the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service to find assistance in your area with other legal issues including housing, custody, divorce, employment, victim’s rights, and more.
Update as of December 11, 2019: There is still a nationwide injunction issued by a federal judge that blocks the new public charge rule from going into effect. This means the new rule did not start on October 15, 2019 and that public charge rules in the United States have not changed. Although some of the court decisions that blocked the new Public Charge rules from going into effect have changed, there is still one federal judge that has blocked the new rule from going into effect anywhere in the country, including Oregon. The first Webinar for Oregon Service Providers, which aired on October 8, still provides accurate information about public charge, except that the rule did not go into effect on October 15 and is still not in effect as of the date of this Update. Check back here often for on-going updates about public charge.
Oregon Fact Sheet on Public Charge:
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
- Somali (More languages coming soon)
Public Charge Webinar/Slides
- View webinar in English
- Download slides in English
- View webinar in Spanish
- Download slides in Spanish
- How to Talk about Public Charge with Immigrant Families
- Visit Protecting Immigrant Families to get national updates about the public charge rule.
- Should I Keep My Children Enrolled in Health and Nutrition Programs
State of Oregon Resources:
The new rule did not go into effect October 15, 2019, and the rule is not retroactive.
Public charge does not apply to many benefits and many categories of immigrants. Do not give up important benefits that your family needs, like food assistance and health care, based on rumors and fear. Be informed so you can make the right choice for you and your family.
|Know the Facts About Public Charge:
What is “Public Charge” and who does it apply to?
“Public charge” is a test that U.S. immigration officials apply when deciding if an immigrant will be permitted to enter or stay in the country.
The Public Charge test only applies to immigrants:
- Applying to enter the U.S.
- Applying to become a Lawful Permanent Resident (get a green card).
- A Lawful Permanent Resident who reenters after being out of the U.S. for at least 180 consecutive days
- Starting October 15, 2019, under the new rule, the public charge test will also apply when someone is applying for extension of stay or to change current visa.
People in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons (such as refugees, asylees and T or U visa holders) are not subject to the Public Charge test. Also, the Public Charge test does not apply to immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship.
For more information go to the following website: protectingimmigrantfamilies.org.
What about Public Charge is changing?
Under the new rule, which is slated to take effect on October 15, 2019, three major things are changing:
1. The definition of Public Charge
The new definition is: A person who “receives one or more public benefit…For more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36-month period (such that, for instance receipt of two benefits in one month counts as two months).”
2. The types of public benefits that may count as Public Charge
In addition to cash assistance and long-term care, the new rule will also consider:
- Non-emergency Medicaid for non-pregnant adults older than 21
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps)
- Section 8 (vouchers and project based) and Public Housing
3. What is considered in the Public Charge test
New factors that will be considered include things like financial status and English proficiency
What you can do:
- Do not give up the benefits you and your family need due to rumors and fear.
- The new Public Charge rule may not affect you.
- Get advice so you can make the right choice for you and your family.
- Contact an immigration attorney at Oregon Law Help or the Oregon State Bar for help in finding the right attorney for you.
- Call Oregon’s Public Benefits Hotline at 1-800-520-5292.
- Stay informed; fight fear with facts.
- Follow oregonimmigrationresource.org and protectingimmigrantfamilies.org for the latest news and to make your voice heard!
For Service Providers
Service Provider Resources:
- Download our Fact Sheet – Know the Facts about Public Charge
- View the #ProtectFamilies Toolkit for public charge advocacy in Oregon
- Download the State of Oregon’s Public Charge FAQ
- Visit Protecting Immigrant Families to learn more about public benefits usage and immigration.
- Public Charge webinar and slides coming soon!!!
- Read recommendations from the National Immigrant Law Center: How to Talk with Immigrant Families About Public Charge
Guidance for Providers: Sharing the Facts about Public Charge
- Be sure your information is current – Make sure you are sharing the facts. If you are using a print version, there may be updates at Oregon Immigration Resource. Follow Protecting Immigrant Families for the most up to date information.
- Do not spread fear about Public Charge. Provide accurate, fact- based information about all the benefits that do not currently create public charge issues and all the categories of immigrants who are exempt from the question of public charge.
- Inform people that the rules have not changed (unless a person is seeking permission to enter the US from outside the country). Encourage people to make informed decisions about how likely it is they will ever face questions about public charge, versus how much their family needs critical important public benefits like food, shelter, and health care.
- Do not give legal advice or attempt to interpret how the law or rule applies to an individual’s specific situation, rather help them find the right legal resource to do so. Public charge is a complicated issue and each individual’s case is different.
- Support your participants in making informed decisions: direct people with questions about the likelihood this will affect their immigration case to speak to their attorney, or to find one using the directories at Oregon Immigration Resource. Direct those with questions about benefits and enrollment to Oregon’s Public Benefits Hotline: 1-800-520-5292.
- Tell families they are not alone, that there are groups mobilizing statewide and nationally to keep the rule from becoming law, and that there is still time to fight back and make their voices heard. Direct them to Protecting Immigrant Families to learn how they can get involved.
- Take action: Sign up as your organization’s representative on Protecting Oregon’s Immigrant Families to receive updates and tools to support fair access to services for all families.
- Find more advice for providers:
Deportations and ICE activity
We have received dozens of questions from the community regarding rumors about Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, immigration checkpoints, and other enforcement activity suspected of happening throughout Oregon.
Recent changes to our nation’s immigration policy have undoubtedly caused fear and panic within Oregon’s immigrant communities. Below is the latest information we have on ICE activity and what to do if you witness ICE activity or are detained.
Step one: Keep yourself safe.
Stay calm, maintain a safe distance, and do not interfere with or obstruct law enforcement. Interfering with or obstructing with law enforcement can unnecessarily escalate situations and lead to your injury or arrest.
Step two: Document the interaction.
If you have a smartphone, download the Mobile Justice Oregon App, also available in Spanish. This app will let you take video that is sent directly to the ACLU of Oregon. It also will walk you through a questionnaire that will help you document the incident after you’re done recording. If you don’t have a smartphone, but your phone has a camera, take pictures, write down your impressions immediately.
Step three: Call or text the ACLU of Oregon immigration hotline
Call or text the ACLU of Oregon immigration hotline: (971) 412-ACLU or the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition hotline at 1-888-622-1510. You should only use these hotlines when you personally witness an action or have information from a first-hand account of an action (i.e., you’re calling on behalf of someone who was a first-hand witness). Responders will work with community partners to both confirm rumors and disseminate accurate information.
For more information, visit: http://aclu-or.org/content/information-ice-raids-oregon.
Protect Your Family
Every family should be prepared in case of emergency. Parents may want to plan for their children’s care in the event that they are detained, deported, incapacitated, or otherwise unavailable for any period of time.
Family Preparedness plan
This document is not legal advice and is for educational purposes only. The recommendations and forms in this packet may not be appropriate for your situation. We recommend that you consult with an attorney to ensure that your legal documents are appropriate for your individual circumstances.
We do not guarantee that these forms will be legally binding. If you are reading the Spanish translation of this document, make sure to fill out the English version of the forms.
Download the Family Preparedness plan in English.
Download the Family Preparedness plan in Spanish.
Do not take advice or counsel from public notaries. Only lawyers or DOJ-accredited representatives can provide legal advice on your immigration process. You can find a list of official legal providers here.
This information has been furnished by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY’S DREAMS
- Don’t be fooled by false advertisements, “notarios”, or attorneys who charge an unreasonable amount of money and tell you they can file your application.
- Don’t believe it if someone tells you about a secret new immigration law or claims to have connections or special influence with any government office or agency
- Don’t pay money to someone to refer you to an immigration lawyer
- Walk away if an immigration lawyer doesn’t have a license
- Never sign an application that contains false information, and try not to sign blank forms. If you must sign a blank form, make sure you get a copy of the completed form and check to make sure all the information is correct before it is filed
- Always get proof that your papers have been filed–ask for a copy or government filing receipt whenever anything is submitted in your case
- Insist on a written contract that spells out all fees and expenses and make sure you receive a receipt, especially if you pay cash. If terms change, get a written explanation
- Don’t let anyone “find” you a sponsor or spouse to get you a green card–it’s illegal
HAVE YOU BEEN HARMED BY A CONSULTANT OR NOTARIO?
By promising too much–and knowing too little–notarios often destroy the dreams of immigrants. They promise low-cost, quick results for everything from citizenship to green card renewal, but often do not know immigration law. Even if they actually do the work they promise, such as file green card papers, they may do it incorrectly and cause permanent harm. In fact, many notarios are simply scam artists, taking their “client’s” trust–and money–without ever delivering results.
WHERE AND HOW CAN YOU REPORT AN INDIVIDUAL SUSPECTED OF FRAUDULENTLY ADVERTISING IMMIGRATION OR TAX PREPARATION SERVICES?
The Oregon Department of Justice consumer hotline: 1-877-877-9392 ext. 0 (ext. 1 for Spanish)
The Oregon State Bar also investigates cases of “notario’ fraud, and communicates with the Oregon Department of Justice. The complaint form (only available in English) must be printed out and faxed or mailed in.
HOW CAN YOU FIND QUALIFIED IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE?
If you need help finding a qualified immigration lawyer in your area, you can contact the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) online at www.ailalawyer.com or visit our Legal Resources page.
Don’t be fooled! Many dishonest consultants will claim to be lawyers or accredited representatives. If you consult an immigration lawyer, make sure the immigration lawyer is licensed. If you work with an accredited representative, ask to see his or her accreditation with his or her current non-profit organization.
Don’t be afraid to consult an attorney! Many notarios actually charge more than attorneys to handle cases. It often costs nothing to talk to a lawyer about your personal situation. To find an attorney, visit our legal resources page.
Watch Video: “Stop Notario Fraud”
For more information about notario fraud, please visit www.StopNotarioFraud.org
Request Community Meeting
In addition to the resources available on this website, we’re traveling the state to provide community education forums, answer questions, and provide important information and updates.
For a full list of schedule community education meetings, please visit our Events Page to see if there is meeting near you.
If you don’t see an event in your area, you can request one here. Please fill out the form below or call 503-409-2473.