如果被警察或者移民官员拦下,如何保护你的权利

你需要知道自己的哪些权益,需要如何维护自己的权利呢?

在美国居住生活难免会跟警察打交道,最近电视新闻里关于警察侵权的报道难免令人沮丧害怕。如果你被警察拦下,你需要知道自己的哪些权益,需要如何维护自己的权利呢?
如果你在户外被警察拦下:
  • 你有权利保持沉默。你需要告诉警察你选择保持沉默 (I choose to remain silence)。在有些州,你需要告诉警察你的名字。不要用假名字。
  • 千万保持镇定。不要跑,不要慌张。不要争辩,抗拒,或者妨碍警察执行公务。这些可能都是可以累加的罪名,例如 obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, etc.
  • 把手放在警察可以看见的地方。不要放在口袋里或者包里。警察如果看不到你的手,就会怀疑你有武器。
  • 询问警察你是否有被逮捕或者扣留 (Am I under arrest?) 如果警察没有可以逮捕你的理由,你可以询问是否可以离开 (May I leave?)
  • 如果警察允许你离开的话,保持镇静,慢速走开。不要跑,让警察可以看到你的手。走开始不要讲话。
  • 如果警察征询你的意见想要搜查你的物品或者你本人,你可以拒绝 (No)。
如果你在驾车时警察亮灯拦下了你:
  • 尽量把车停到车流少的地方,这是为了你的安全,也是为了减少堵车隐患。你可以拐到小路上或者停在高速的隔离带上。
  • 把车熄火,如果是晚上的话, 打开车内的灯。把车窗摇开一半,把上手放在方向盘上。
  • 警察会要求你出示驾驶执照 (license),车辆登记证明 (registration),以及保险 (insurance)。如果你没有这些证明的话,是违反法律的 (Driving without a license/ Driving without insurance). 有些警察会同意你给保险证明,比如过邮件或者上个月的保险。
  • 如果警察想要搜查你的车辆,你可以拒绝。除非警察觉得你的车内有犯罪证据,他们是不需要你的许可就可以搜查你的车。比如说,如果警察看到你车内有大麻或者大量现金,警察可以在不经你允许的情况下搜查的车。这个的原因在于警察有 probable cause 认为你用你的车辆进行非法活动。
  • 车内的乘客均有权保持沉默。如果你不是司机,只是乘客,你可以询问是否可以离开。
如果你被询问你的移民身份 (immigration status):
  • 你有权保持沉默。任何关于你的出生国家,以及你是否是美国公民,你都有权拒绝回答。当然,这个只限用于你在美国本土,若果你在机场或者入境港口被边境海关询问这些问题,你需要如实回答。你需要向移民官员出示你的真实的文件。
  • 不要谎报你的名字或者身份,说谎或者出示假证件会有非常严重的后果。
如果有移民局官员到你的家里去:
  • 你不需要让他们进门。除非它们有法官签署的命令 (Search Warrant)。
  • 要求他们出示法令。执法人员必须要给你看法令,这份法令上会有详细的他们可以搜查的地点以及物品。
  • 如果移民官员持有逮捕令 (arrest warrant) 并且觉得这个被逮捕人在家,他们有权进入这个人的家。
  • 递解/驱逐令 (deportation order) 需要住户的同意才可以进入房屋。如果这个被递解者不在屋内或者不住在这里,你无需让移民局进门。
  • 在你给你的律师打电话之前,不要说任何话。你可以选择保持沉默。你所有讲的话都可以作为证词。
如果你被警察逮捕了:
  • 不要抗拒。抗拒的后果会伤害到你自己甚至累计罪名。不要跑。更不要袭击警察。
  • 告诉警察你希望保持沉默 (Remain silence)。要求一个律师或者政府给你提供一个律师。
  • 在没有律师的情况下,你不要回答任何问题。在堪萨斯州,警察盘问你的时候是不需要给你提供翻译,意思是你没有法定的权利指派翻译。如果你不知道警察问你什么,千万不要回答。
  • 如果你给律师打电话,警察不可以旁听你的交流内容。
如果你被关到了移民局:
  • 你有权聘请律师。政府不会提供律师。只有刑事犯罪政府才会提供律师。但是移民监狱会提供一份免费律师或者低收费律师的名单。
  • 你有权利联系中国领事馆,或者让执法人员把你被逮捕的事宜通知到领事馆。
  • 你需要告诉移民官你保持沉默。
  • 不要和其他人讨论你的移民身份。这个很有可能会移民官员知道。如果有移民官员来找你,不要签署你不能理解的文件。
  • 仔细阅读所有文件,理解内含的内容。某些放弃你的权利的文件千万不要签署。移民官员可能让你签署放弃绿卡,或者自动离境的文件。如果你看不懂的话,要求一个翻译。
  • 记住你的A号码,你的随身物品可以让家人去取。根据你被关押地点,你的家人可能需要给你打钱使用电话或者用自动售货机。

如果你觉得你的权利被侵犯了的话:

  • 如果你受伤了,你需要要求医生或者去医院。把自己受伤的部位拍下来,记住当时发生的细节。
  • 很多执法部门有申诉的渠道。或者你可以告诉你的律师要求民事诉讼赔偿。

What Does the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act Seek To Do

There had been many talks around the Republican-backed proposal: Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. In a nutshell, it will significantly reduce the number of people allowed to legally immigrate to the United States. Although unlikely to pass Congress, what changes does the RAISE Act seek to bring exactly?

First, the RAISE Act seeks to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program. The Diversity Visa Program gives immigrant visas to nationals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For a list of countries/areas by region whose natives are eligible for DV-2018 and DV-2017, please refer to the DV Instructions.

Second, the RAISE Act seeks to cap the number of refugees who may be admitted in any fiscal year to 50,000 and requiring the President to “annually enumerate the number of aliens who were granted asylum in the previous fiscal year.” Limiting refugee numbers has always been President Trump’s priority, and it is no surprise the RAISE Act mentions it.

Third, in the family-sponsored immigration arena, the RAISE Act wants to change the definition of “Child” at INA §101(b)(1) from an unmarried person “under age 21” to an unmarried person “under age 18,” and change the definition of “Immediate Relative” at INA to include only children and spouses of U.S. citizens (removes parents of adult U.S. citizens). Similarly, it seeks to only allow children and spouses of LPR (green card) holders to immigrant to the U.S. This will effectively eliminate the following current available categories: (1) unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (FB-1); (2) unmarried sons and daughters of LPRs (FB-2B); and (3) married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (FB-3); and (4) brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (FB-4). Parents of U.S. citizens will remain unaffected because under the new legislation, a new category for parents of USC citizens above the age of 21 will be created. The legislation seeks to cap the worldwide level of family-sponsored immigrants  admissions to 88,000 per fiscal year. The effort will significantly reduce the number of family based immigration and make many ineligible to reunite with their families in the United States.

All the above are part of the administration’s efforts to limit the number of immigrants to the U.S. Further, it seeks to replace of Employment-Based Immigration Categories with Immigration Points System. On the numbers, it seeks to limit the number of points-based immigrants to 140,000 (including spouses and children) per fiscal year. This so-called Points-Based System comes with an online portal and a required fee of $160. President Donald Trump has already announced his support for a the points system.

The immigration point system seeks to prioritize immigrants based on their degrees and skills. If they have equal points and equal educational attainment, they will be further ranked according to their (1) English language proficiency test scores; and (2) age, with applicants nearest their 25th birthdays ranked higher. And every 6 months, USCIS is said to invite the highest ranked applicants to file a petition for a points-based immigrant visa. If you want to see if you qualify to immigrate to the U.S., test your scores from Times.com here: http://time.com/4887574/trump-raise-act-immigration/.

Last but not least, the RAISE Act will prohibit naturalization of an individual if the person who submitted an affidavit of support on his or her behalf failed to reimburse the federal government for all means-tested public benefits received by the individual during the 5-year period immediately after the individual became an LPR. It therefore seems that, at no fault of the individual seeking naturalization, she or he might be barred from it. It is unclear whether the individual seeking naturalization is allowed to reimburse the government.

The Act does not mention temporary work visas such as H-1B and H-2 or temporary visitor (B-1/B-2) or student visas (F-1). Its focus remains on the number of available immigrant visas.

Read the full RAISE Act here: https://www.cotton.senate.gov/files/documents/170802_New_RAISE_Act_Bill_Text.pdf If interested, you can read this excellent summary of each section from American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA): 17080732