If you are an immigrant (even US citizens), here are nine things you need to know

How all US immigrants can protect themselves under Trump’s new regulations. This includes US citizens, green card holders, people with student visas or temporary work visas, and undocumented immigrants. The video is in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captions. (You might need to toggle the captions on to see them). Full transcript for the video follows below.

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Are you a Naturalized U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, Visa Holder, or an Undocumented Immigrant?
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We recommend you take the following steps to protect yourself in our current version of America.
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The last couple of weeks have reminded immigrants, even naturalized U.S. citizens, that they were not born in the United States.
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Our office has received countless phone calls, emails, and social media messages from people worrying about what their family’s future in the United States holds.
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Most people want to know what they can do now to protect themselves from what promises to be a wave of anti-immigration activity by the federal government.
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Trump’s Executive Order on Interior Enforcement has some provisions that should make most Americans shiver.
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We recommend the following actions for each of the following groups:
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Naturalized U.S. citizens. In particular if you have a foreign accent, and you are traveling within 100 miles of any US Border (including the oceans),
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we strongly recommend carrying with you your US passport, or passport card, or a photocopy of your naturalization certificate.
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Because of the unpredictability of the current situation,
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we recommend keeping a photocopy of these documents in a safe place at your home, so that if necessary, someone will have access to it.
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You may very well need to prove your US Citizenship.
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Permanent residents. Most people don’t know this,
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but federal law requires that anyone who is NOT a US Citizen is required to carry with them at all times, evidence of their lawful status.
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So, carry your green card with you at all times!
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You should also keep a photocopy of your green card in a safe place at home so that it can be accessed by someone in case you lose your card and you need it to identify yourself.
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You should also renew your green card a full 6 months before expiration.
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If your green card has expired, renew it now.
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And, if it is not obvious at this point, you should start the process to naturalize immediately!
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Lawfully present nonimmigrants
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DACA
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U Visa,
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EADs,
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Visitors, Students,
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H1Bs, etc.).
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Carry with you at all times your Employment Authorization Document, I-94 card, passport with entry stamp, or other proof of lawful presence
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More than 60% of the US population lives in this zone (100 mile border)
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If you are within the 100 mile border area
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Carry the original with you and keep a photocopy in a safe place at home
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Undocumented immigrants in the US for more than two years.
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Keep with you at all times evidence that you have been present for at least two years.
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Why? Because President Trump just ordered DHS to examine activating a never used provision in immigration law
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that allows for the immediate removal from the US of anyone who cannot prove they have been here for two years (absent a claim for asylum).
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We do not know when ICE or CBP might activate the change, but we need to be prepared.
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Evidence that you might want with you are utility bills, receipts, Facebook posts, mail or any other documentation with your name going back two years,
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BUT, be very careful of using pay stubs if you have used false documents or information to get your job, as those are prosecutable offenses.
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Again you should also keep this information at home so that it is accessible to someone who can help you.
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Keep a photocopy at home.
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And, make sure you have a family plan in place to call for legal assistance if you fail to return home as usual.
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Undocumented immigrants in the US for less than two years.
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The bad news is that you need a plan in place on what will happen to your belongings and your family
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if you do not return home from work, shopping, or school.
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Make sure your relatives know they can look for your name on the ICE detainee website.
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We assume that ICE and CBP will not release you on bond,
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and that if you have a fear or returning home,
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you will need to be VERY vocal about letting everyone know if you are detained.
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Undocumented Immigrants with 10 years in the United States and children.
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You are eligible for Cancellation of Removal, and release on bond.
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Begin now to prepare the paperwork you will need to secure a bond, and to prove your case.
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Don’t be caught unprepared!
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Non-US Citizens (Permanent Residents, Visa Holders, and Undocumented Immigrants) who have a criminal convictions OR are arrested.
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If you have a criminal conviction, or are even arrested for a crime,
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ICE has begun to detain people in this category and has released only a very few on bond.
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If you have relief from removal, you are eligible for bond, but, depending on where you are, you may not be released.
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Prepare for this by saving money for bond now, and have the paperwork organized so that our attorneys can quickly help seek a bond.
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Undocumented Immigrants with prior deportation orders.
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If you have a prior deportation order and have returned to the United States,
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you are subject to prosecution by the federal government for the crime of reentry after deportation.
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President Trump has ordered his U.S. Attorneys to increase the number of people charged with this crime.
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Depending on WHY you were deported (for example a serious criminal offense), you can spend up to five years in federal prison for reentering the US.
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Again, make your plans now about how you want to deal with this situation.
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If you have a deportation order and never left, NOW is the time to speak to an immigration attorney and seek advice about your options to reopen your deportation case.
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For those Arrested by ICE, especially for the undocumented
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In the last few weeks we have heard of parents being picked up at school bus stops and at work and home while the kids are in school.
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Have a plan in place.
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Decide now who picks up the kids from school/daycare, who will be authorized to do so with the school, who to contact first, have a power of attorney prepared for this.
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Also, do your research now into immigration attorneys that you may call in a moment’s notice.
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Keep their phone number handy and ready for family and friends to use.
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Or better yet, go see an excellent immigration attorney now and see what options you may have available to you.
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We give these warnings because we want people to be prepared NOT scared.
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Preparation will ensure that your family is protected.
Published on Feb 20, 2017

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No, Automatic CRAPtions are Not Captions!

CRAPtions = auto-generated captions that some hearing YouTubers use as an excuse for not providing actual, human-edited captioning.

In this video, Rikki Poynter explains why the aut0-generated craptions are, in most cases, pretty much useless for deaf people who want to watch videos, and provides examples of really bad craptions. (The first 44 seconds, and the last 50 or 60 seconds are about a VidCon she was preparing for at the time she produced this video. But the rest of the content in between is focused on “craptions”.)

Consider joining the #NoMoreCRaptions campaign being launched this September 25th by YouTuber and blogger Rikki Poynter. Read her guidance below on how you can help.

If you don’t do YouTube, then Rikki has said that she also will welcome people writing blog posts or Tumblr. If you don’t do that either, then consider using your other social media to bring the attention of your friends and your favorite YouTubers to this event.

If you are personally a YouTuber who isn’t sure how to caption your videos (or get it done by others), check out this resource: http://captionedwebtv.blogspot.com/p/producer-information.html

#NoMoreCRaptions!

Sick of checking out a YouTube video only to find that it uses the computer generated CRAPtions and not properly human-edited captions? Wish more YouTubers would properly human-edit their captions, or get someone else to do it for them, and not just trust that the automated YouTube CRaptions will turn out alright? Then join the #NoMoreCRaptions campaign being launched this September 25th by YouTuber and blogger Rikki Poynter. Read her guidance below on how you can help.

If you don’t do YouTube, then Rikki has said that she also will welcome people writing blog posts or Tumblr. If you don’t do that either, then consider using your other social media to bring the attention of your friends and your favorite YouTubers to this event.

If you are personally a YouTuber who isn’t sure how to caption your videos (or get it done by others), check out this resource: http://captionedwebtv.blogspot.com/p/producer-information.html

 

Finding Captioned Online Videos: Captioned Web TV: http://captionedwebtv.blogspot.com/

The Captioned Web TV blog site is meant to help people find online (web) television programs that have captions.  Captions can be crucial in enabling many people to understand videos, particularly people who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have audio processing disorder.  Without captions, many of us may be completely unable to understand what is said in a video.

The quality of the web TV programs highlighted at the Captioned Web TV blog can vary because some are made by amateurs.  But some web videos are created by emerging professionals, so some are quite good!  If you’re interested in a particular genre or in a particular theme, you can search the blog by category. Just scroll down the page a bit and look in the right hand side bar for a listing of “labels”.

It can be very hard to find the few online videos that have captions. Please help make it easier for people who want captioned videos to find them!

  • Reblog this!  You might have more followers than you think who could benefit from captions.  Make sure they know about the Captioned Web TV blog.
  • If you make on-line videos, please consider captioning them!  There are a number of different software programs you can use, some of which are free.  You can search via google to find instructions.

No, I’m not involved with the Captioned Web TV blog.  I’m just a deaf person happy to have discovered how to find more fun on-line videos that I can actually understand.

NAD Asks Deaf Community: Take Action to Support Disability Treaty NOW!

Yes, everyone should please call your Senators! The http://disabilitytreaty.org website can help you with phone numbers and a suggested script for what to say on the phone to Senators’ staff.  Yes, you can call over the weekend–voice mail messages are counted, too!  Yes, you can call the same Senators with the same messages multiple times: each call is still counted. Tired of calling your own Senators?  Consider calling the Senators listed at http://www.handicap-international.us/breaking_crpd

If you’re in DC, please come to the Disability Treaty / CRPD Rally on July 29th! Learn the details at https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/. Or, even if you can’t go, please use the “Invite Friends” feature (a little down in the right column) to invite all your DC-area Facebook contacts to the Rally. Make sure everyone in DC knows this Rally is happening! People can take a long lunch break to attend!

Or if you’re new to the Disability Treaty and want to learn more about it first, try these:  http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager, http://bit.ly/CRPDtimeline, and http://bit.ly/Deaf4CRPD.  Or, if you’re ambitious, you can read the text of what the Disability Treaty itself says (it’s long!): http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/convention

Taking Action on Deaf-Friendly Treaty, CRPD!

For people who cannot see the image, I have copy/pasted the same text that is in the flyer further below.  You also can download a PDF format of the flyer.  More resources for deaf and hard of hearing advocates who support U.S. ratification of the CRPD are at http://bit.ly/DeafCRPD.

Deaf Take Action on CRPD! Oct'13                                               

Tell U.S. Senators to ratify the CRPD!

Support the Deaf-friendly treaty!

  • A new international treaty, called Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), recognizes the inclusion of sign language and deaf culture in society.
  • More than 135+ countries have ratified the CRPD since 2006— but NOT the U.S.!  
  • More than 700 U.S. organizations want to change that. These include the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD).
  • We need YOUR help to make it happen.
  • Organizations opposed to international treaties are using misinformation to fight against the CRPD. You can help us fight back!

Tell Senators to ratify the CRPD!

Stay involved

Help U.S. Ratify the Deaf-Friendly International Treaty!

Did You Know…?
  • A new international human rights treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), recognizes the inclusion of sign language and deaf culture in society.
  • 134 countries have ratified the CRPD since 2006— but NOT the U.S.!  We are behind!
  • More than 650 U.S. organizations want to change that; these include the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD).
  • Please join us during the International Week of the Deaf from September 23-27, 2013.image

What’s the latest?

  • We need a two-thirds “super majority” vote in the U.S. Senate to ratify the CRPD (67 votes).
  • The Senate held a vote on the treaty in December 2012.  The vote lost by only five votes.
  • Organizations opposed to international treaties fought against the CRPD with a campaign of misinformation. They helped defeat the treaty last December.
  • The Senate has the power to schedule a new vote.  Senators will change their vote with YOUR help!
  • Opponents are still working against us.  YOU can help us fight back! 

So, what can I do?