These are some tips for undocumented youth on some things about how to move in this world. Please post more tips if you got them, we will take them and add them here… hopefully making this into a PAGE!!!!!! feedback is appreciated.
When filling out an I-9 form for work, it’s better to check Legal Permanent Resident than Citizen when you are undocumented. Checking citizen can have stronger implications in the future.
Get an ITIN number. It is useful for taxes and can be used for some work places. We have heard it is also better to use your ITIN even if you have a social security number.
If stopped by cops only give your name. Don’t say anything else, like place of birth or anything. If you are taken in say you want to speak to your lawyer.
Have a lawyer.
Do not carry false documents.
Never sign anything if you are detained.
Meet other people that are undocumented. It helps to know you are not alone, and to share more tips and resources with each other. Then share them with us.
Your true friends will try to understand you in the end. It may take more time for some than others, but keep conversations open and remember that there are more people in the world who will be supportive- you just have to meet them.
Do what you have to keep your mental health. You can’t help others as much if you are having a personal crisis, plus we love you and want you to be ok.
spell check. It makes you seem more professional. If you decided to defy grammar do it with a purpose.
Follow your dreams. Don’t let this system get you down when thinking about how to achieve what you want. You don’t always have to follow the standard path to get there… and if you are undocumented, sometimes you cant. So you and us together must look for ways to gain the skills we want in alternative spaces and paths.
Build alternative spaces and media.
Even if the laws restrain you in one way remember the skills you learn you will take forever.
When you are sad remember all the things you have been able to accomplish despite being undocumented. Your very presence and happiness are victories against the laws and people that refuse to recognize us as part of this word.
We are more than our statuses and we are working for the recognition of our work, our needs, our desires and our communities.