Aliens: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Posted May 3rd, 2010 by Jim Ettwein

Much ado has been made about the new Arizona law to help control illegal immigration in light of the US Govt’s failure to do so. Most of the words being discussed are either misleading or wrong, intentionally or unintentionally.

In the current AZ law on immigration, the police cannot stop you to check your legal status. They can’t even stop you if they’re suspicious of your status. They can only ask once they’ve stopped you for some other reason. The AZ law mirrors the current federal law, which is not being enforced by the US Government, per order from PresO.

In the interest of clarity… I’m posting here the actual text from the US Customs and Immigration Service website… not the AZ website, the US Federal website. Please note the requirements for identification in the text below. Keep in mind as you read it, that this is for Legal Resident Aliens… not illegal aliens. 

Pay special attention to the last three bullets in red (my emphasis).

Your Rights and Responsibilities
What you do now as a permanent resident can affect your ability to become a U.S. citizen later. The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is called “naturalization.”

As a permanent resident, you have the right to:
• Live and work permanently anywhere in the U.S.
• Apply to become a U.S. citizen once you are eligible.
• Request visas for your husband or wife and unmarried children to live in the U.S.
• Get Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare benefits, if you are eligible.
• Own property in the U.S.
• Apply for a driver’s license in your state or territory.
• Leave and return to the U.S. under certain conditions.
• Attend public school and college.
• Join certain branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
• Purchase or own a firearm, as long as there are no state or local restrictions saying you can’t.

As a permanent resident, it is your responsibility to:
• Obey all federal, state, and local laws.
• Pay federal, state, and local income taxes.
• Register with the Selective Service (U.S. Armed Forces), if you are a male between ages 18 and 26. See page 11 for instructions.
• Maintain your immigration status.
• Carry proof of your permanent resident status at all times.
• Change your address online or provide it in writing to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) within 10 days of each time you move. See page 12 for instructions.

Source:  www.uscis.gov  “Welcome to America” brochure.  rr

With special thanks to long-time reader and commenter Barbara... 
She actually said it first in a comment... 
but I failed to read it while traveling. rr

One Response to “Aliens: Your Rights and Responsibilities”

  1. Rational Nation USA

    I have put up a few post at RN USA on the subject, including the full text of Arizona Senate Bill 1070.

    You are correct the Arizona law mirrors the Federal Law, the one we have failed to effectively enforce for years. Kudos to Arizona for heating thins up.

    Judging from the CBS poll just published (post at RN USA today) a clear majority support or agree with Ar. SB 1020. When combined with those who support even tougher law it is 60%.

    In the Senate that would be a super majority. I guess the American people have a super majority in support of effectively enforcing immigration law, stopping the influx of illegals, and controlling immigration with some sense of rationality going forward.

    Ant bets on whether we will see that coming to pass?

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