Dear New Mainers,
I am writing to share with you important information about how you will need to protect yourself if you have an encounter with CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) or ICE. CBP and ICE have greater authority to stop and question people near a border and in a border zone. ALL OF MAINE IS CONSIDERED A BORDER ZONE.
It is very important for you to understand what documents you must carry and how you must behave if you are stopped. There are different ways you may encounter CBP:
- CBP can board buses and trains
- CBP can set up checkpoints on major roads
- CBP can have moving patrols
The ACLU has prepared a briefing: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: IN THE 100-MILE BORDER ZONE
Attached are an English and Spanish version of their briefing. I am sorry that I do not have other translations available at this time. I thought we should at least begin to get this information out.
It is very important that you read this or have someone who can understand what it says read it and explain it to you.
As the ACLU says in their document: Encounters with CBP or any law enforcement can be scary. Always stay calm and be polite. If you believe your rights have been violated contact a lawyer.
When we have more information we will share it with you. Thanks. Sally