Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and other Democrats have created a pamphlet that encourages illegal immigrants to carry a card that asks immigration officers not to deport them if they are detained.
“I created this toolkit for you to protect yourself from deportation,” Gutierrez said in a video describing the pamphlet.
The two-page document describes the documents illegal immigrants should collect in order to use Obama’s program. That action has been delayed by a court injunction, but Gutierrez said he expects the program will be available soon.
While the program cannot be used yet, Gutierrez said illegal immigrants who may qualify for it should be prepared to tell immigration officials that they will soon qualify for it, and that they should therefore not be deported. He said the “do not deport me” card can be used to explain the situation to immigration officials.
“I want you to cut the card in the toolkit and keep it in your wallet, and use [it] in cases of emergency,” he said. “Use this card only if you are arrested and detained by an immigration official.”