Your Constitutional Rights During a Police Encounter
If you don’t remember any of this just remember these two phrases:
- I don’t consent to any searches.
- Am I being detained or am I free to go?
And the Supreme Court’s iffy ruling in Salinas v. Texas means that if you want to invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent you have to actually say it out loud to an officer.
Dear Congressman Lamborn,
I am a U.S. citizen and a resident of Colorado. My wife, who I married in November, is a Canadian citizen whose application for residency is in process.
We have run into difficulty because of a mistake made by a government agency processing her case, and I’m writing for your help.
We applied for a K-1 visa for my wife, which we received after an 8-month wait. We then moved her to Colorado, got married, got her a social security number and met the deadline to submit her applications for adjustment of status, advanced parole and employment authorization. My wife received her advanced parole and employment authorization earlier this month.
But when we have attempted to update my wife’s SSN with her married name or get her a Colorado Driver’s license, we’ve been refused. The Department of Revenue told us that the computer program they use to verify my wife’s immigration status freezes up on her case and prevents them from providing these documents she needs for employment.
They told us their best guess is that some information was entered incorrectly by another office, but they didn’t know which. So they gave us a form and told us to take it to an office in Pueblo which is only open for 6 hours on Wednesdays. That office will examine my wife’s paperwork and verify her status - a process that can take weeks to complete.
I’m a tax-paying citizen who has filled out all the paperwork, paid the fees and met the deadlines. I don’t understand why public service isn’t more available to us, or why the people who made this mistake aren’t held responsible for correcting it themselves.
Government offices have made mistakes handling our case at every step of my wife’s immigration. I wish I were exaggerating, but I’m not; the consistent inefficiency has been mind-boggling. But this is the first time we’ve been asked to go so out of our way to correct someone else’s mistake.
If there is anything you can do to help us avoid yet another hang-up in the year-long immigration process we’ve gone through, we would greatly appreciate it. I can provide copies of our paperwork through email or bring them by your office if needed.
Thank you for your attention to this and for any help you might provide.
- The government
- The people
And the first is always, only and increasingly oppressing the second.
This, first and foremost, is the civil inequality we need to fight.
Good exercise: Listen to a news story on the internet or radio, and take all of the actual facts that you hear and ignore speculation and opinion. Then think through your own news story putting an opposite spin on those facts. Note: This only works if you can actually find facts in the article or story.From peterdwebb.com
|—||Henry Hazlitt (via thewoodentrees)|