What to do if you see someone being stopped (Immigration checks)


{jathumbnailoff}In the face of increased raids and stops and checks in public places by police on people though to be illegal immigrants, IHRC is reposting advice from the Anti-Raids Network for all those affected or concerned about the stops.

What to do if you see someone being stopped

If you see someone being stopped by UKBA officers or police on immigration grounds, and your immigration status does not put you at risk yourself, it is recommended that you:

– Immediately make the person aware that they do not have to answer
questions & that they can leave

– Remind the officers of the law

– Film the incident, where possible asking the person stopped if that’s
ok, or just filming the officers involved. This may be useful in making a
claim in the event of an unlawful stop or arrest.

– Record the lapel numbers of the officers involved

– Make other members of the public aware of what’s happening

– Get witnesses’ contact details if the stop leads to an arrest or the
person wants to pursue it afterwards

– Attempt to pass on a phone number to the individual if you think the
stop will lead to arrest

– Try not to get aggressive or physically obstruct officers if you want to
avoid being arrested for obstruction.

If you want to be more prepared in advance for such a scenario, have a camera ready in your bag and your number already written on a card to give to the person.

If you want to refer to their guidance when speaking to Immigration Officers, everything can be found in Chapter 31 UKBA Operational

Enforcement Manual

A more comprehensive guide for supporters, in a handy leaflet format for printing and distribution, is available here.


Anti Raids Posters

As well as distributing the bustcards, you can also spread information by putting up these posters. Download them here in English and here in Spanish.


Originally published on the Anti-Raid Network website here. Posted by IHRC for information purposes only. For more information please refer to the original site.