ToolKit For Undocumented Immigrants Includes 'Do Not Deport Me' Card



One congressman is spearheading an effort to help undocumented immigrants avoid deportation with what some are calling a “get out of deportation” free card.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and other House Democrats have created the Family Defender Toolkit, an informational pamphlet that includes an “emergency card” that lists the reasons why a person should not be deported.
“By using this card after you’ve been arrested or detained, you can explain that under the policy in place today, you should be released because you are not a priority for deportation,” said Rep. Gutierrez in an introductory video.
The two-page booklet details what legal documents immigrants should prepare in order to avoid deportation under President Obama’s immigration action– even though the action is currently being held by a court injunction.
“I created this toolkit for you to protect yourself from deportation. Even though you cannot apply yet for the expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and new DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) you can still prepare,” said Gutierrez.
Although President Obama’s program is on hold, Gutierrez wants undocumented immigrants to become familiar with the reasons as to why they are considered a low priority for removal.
He says the card should only be used when speaking to immigration official.
“I hope that you never have to use this card,” he said. “But if you do, don’t be scared because you are prepared. Soon enough the DACA and DAPA applications will be available, and when that time comes you will have everything you need to apply,” he said.
Critics of Gutierrez’s toolkit say his actions are deliberately…..
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  1. There are some circumstances where people should be given an opportunity to defend their case as an illegal immigrant.
    But that plea for clemency and temporary status until trial allowed, is an agreement made on faith. Too, many people coming to The US claiming to be true asylum seekers never show-up to their hearing and think disappearing into the greater population is a better protection for them.
    If you are honest, stand by that honesty and defend yourself with honesty and you are more likely to be allowed to stay, than if you go on the run and keep yourself at the mercy of fickle, political opportunism. Starting your path to American citizenship with courage is better than deceiving and staying on the run, out of fear.
    If you believe you have done nothing wrong, that you were put in an inhumane position in your homeland and that is why you didn’t follow the legal path to US Citizenship or a work or education permit, defend that position. Prepare for that, instead.

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