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USCCB Office of Migration and Refugee Services release video to help immigrants know their rights

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The USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services has prepared this video that could be of some assistance to people with a precarious immigration status.

Assistance and resources can also be found at Justice for Immigrants and Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami.


Comments from readers

Salvatore Coniglio - 03/28/2017 09:08 AM
I found the video to, in many ways, tell illegal immigrants that they don't need to comply with the authorities. It wasn't until you mention immigrants who are here with proper papers to carry them with you. I find it sad that anyone in the US would encourage an illegal alien to not cooperate with ICE or any government/safety agent. Perhaps the video should encourage illegals to go down to the nearest gov't building and start the proper process to obtain the legal means to be in the US!!
Randolph McGrorty - 03/07/2017 06:23 PM
Many types of warrants exist. Typically, DHS issues (and has the authority, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, to issue) civil arrest warrants to apprehend, interrogate and detain individuals. However, anytime a government agent seeks to physically enter a private dwelling, heightened constitutional protections exist; namely, the Fourth Amendmentís prohibition against unreasonable searches. Typically, entry into a personís home requires a warrant signed by a judge who found probable cause to enter the dwelling. Please note that this is not meant as legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel in any way, but merely as speculative commentary on general legal principles.
Anonymous - 03/04/2017 01:32 AM
When it comes to the warrant, there is a huge difference if the signer is an ICE officer or a judge. Someone at Catholic Charities Legal needs to make that distinction on this video and show examples of which to make things clear.

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