According to the 2011-2015 Census data, 18% of the people living in Marin County were born in another country, making them immigrants. Staff at our libraries are reporting an increase in questions about immigrants’ civil liberties from many concerned and worried patrons. We’ve assembled some helpful resources that we hope will help anyone who needs them.
“People are emigrants when they leave their country of origin. When they arrive at their destination, they are immigrants.” from Merriam-Webster’s “Must an ‘Immigrant’ Also Be an ‘Emigrant’? And what’s an émigré?”
- National Immigration Law Center: Know Your Rights includes basic steps to protect yourself and your family in the event of contact with immigration officials and/or law enforcement as well as a printable card that can be carried in wallets or kept at home (Versión en español)
- United We Dream shares a collection of graphics that can be shared or printed, available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and English
- ACLU’s “Know Your Rights” series has guides for encounters with immigration, questions about your immigration status, demonstrations and protests, and more
- Marin Equity Coalition has helpful “What Your Family Should Do Now” guides available in English and Spanish
An illustration of immigrants on the steerage deck of an ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, July 2, 1887.
National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM