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IRANIAN-AMERICANS AT RISK - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS


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Iranian-Americans in the Chicago area could find themselves at risk in their own homes in the fallout of the U.S. conflict with Iran.


Open Communities is offering a special program to make sure individuals know their rights if they become targets of a racial profiling campaign that is already underway on the West Coast.


Know Your Rights Workshop

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This past weekend, Iranian-Americans reported they were detained and questioned for hours by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at the Washington state border between Canada and the U.S.  Some say officials asked about their political views and personal background and requested information about relatives in Iran.


At the same time, we are hearing reports of CBP officers going door-to-door in Muslim neighborhoods in Seattle and removing people for questioning.  If someone shows up on your doorsteps, identifying themselves as a federal agent and demanding access, you do not have to open the door.


KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: JUDICIAL WARRANT VS. ADMINISTRATIVE WARRANT

You only have to open the door if the officer presents a judicial warrant, not an administrative warrant.  The difference between an administrative warrant and a judicial warrant is key. Once you open the door, you are implying consent for entry, and that’s how people are getting pulled out of their homes in Seattle.


At Open Communities, we want to prepare our friends and neighbors to make sure they know what to do when there is a threat of discrimination on their doorstep.


Know Your Rights Workshop

Contact us to schedule a session.


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