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501c3 “Charity” Issues Guides For Illegals

From the Washington Times:

Guide coaches illegals on raids

By Jerry Seper

May 7, 2007

A Maryland-based immigrant-advocacy group is distributing guidebooks instructing those targeted by federal immigration agents during job-site raids not to cooperate with authorities if they are arrested or detained.

The eight-page, two-color illustrated book lists what rights "people who are not United States citizens" have if detained by immigration agents, details what to do if served with a warrant or charged with a crime, and urges them to remain silent if they are arrested.

The book also says they should refuse to provide authorities with any information about their immigration status.

Included in the book is a "Know Your Rights" card to be cut out and presented to arresting agents, showing that those detained choose to exercise their "right to remain silent, the right to refuse to answer your questions" and to "refuse to sign anything until I consult with my attorney."

The book, which features cartoonlike drawings of armed black and white police officers escorting Hispanic men in handcuffs and shows babies crying because their fathers are behind bars, is the product of CASA of Maryland Inc., working with other organizations…

Kim Propeack, the group’s director of community organizing and political action, said CASA has "become aware that some segments of our community" are frightened about the prospect of immigration raids and may avoid interacting with government institutions even if they have nothing to do with immigration.

"We consider providing people with accurate information about their rights fundamentally important to the people we serve, the local community concerned about public safety, and to the national community, which has adopted a bill of rights," she said.

CASA, originally known as the Central American Solidarity and Assistance of Maryland, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization established in 1985. According to its latest IRS public-disclosure report filed on April 24, 2006, it received $1.14 million in private donations and $1.64 million in government fees and contracts — $2.78 million in revenue in the year ending June 30, 2005.

Its government funds came from the cities of Baltimore and Takoma Park, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, the state of Maryland, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development…

The CASA book advises those facing arrest not to lie to immigration agents, warns against using false documents and urges them not to carry papers from another country because they could be used in a deportation proceeding.

The book says that during a job-site raid, immigration agents need to have a warrant signed by a judge and urges those at the site: "Stay calm. Do not run. This may be viewed as an admission that you have something to hide."

It says immigration agents and police cannot make arrests unless they have a warrant or evidence of nonresidency, adding: "Do not tell immigration your immigration status or where you were born." If confronted with a search warrant, the book advises: "Do not open the door. Ask the officer to slip the warrant underneath the door" to avoid giving agents the impression that they have "consent" to enter.

The book says those arrested should demand their right to a telephone call, contact their foreign consulate, and be aware that formal charges have to be brought within 48 hours or they have to be released.

It also says government agents may try to "intimidate" those detained into signing documents and warns: "Don’t let yourself be tricked. You may be signing away your right to a hearing before an immigration judge."

Of course this is nothing new. But it is so brazen.

And of course it is being done by yet another 501c3 taxpayer supported "charity."

And once again we will point out that breaking the law — or even encouraging others to break the law — is supposed to be enough for a 501c3 to lose its tax exempt status.

Supposed to be.

A pdf file of this comic book guidebook is available here.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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