SALT LAKE CITY – An advocacy group has written a brochure that gives tips and phone numbers for illegal immigrants who fear being caught and deported.
Among the advice: Carry a valid identification and not false documents. Keep names and phone numbers of family and friends.
Proyecto Latino de Utah, an advocacy group in Salt Lake City, plans to distribute 10,000 copies at stores, churches and community centers. It is written in Spanish but will be translated into English and Portuguese.
"By the time immigration has decided to deport them, it's almost next to impossible to stop deportation," said Tony Yapias, who leads the group. "We want to make sure the families are prepared."
He said the brochure, which has a picture of handcuffs on the cover, was made after recent arrests in Park City. A meat-packing plant near Logan was the scene of more than 100 arrests in December.
The brochure lists phone numbers for the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City, Utah Legal Services and Catholic Community Services.
"The more information they have, the better decisions they'll be able to make," Yapias said.
The brochure also is intended to help people who are in the United States with expired visas.
"They think, I'm not Mexican, so I don't have to worry about it," Yapias said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is aware of groups in various cities providing information like the Utah brochure.
"ICE will continue to do their job. Their job is to enforce immigration law," spokeswoman Lori Haley said. "If you're in the country illegally, you're subject to arrest."