If You Are Stopped…

The USCCA has a great wallet card. I carry it regularly and refer to it now and then to refresh my memory. I only hope that if I am ever involved in a shooting incident, I remember to pull it out and hand it to responding officers … after all the “Show me your hands” shouting is over. The instructions are simple. After calling 911: Explain – Complaint – Evidence – Witnesses – Silence.

Bet you didn’t know that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also has a card. Not for gun owners and responsibly armed Americans though. It isn’t even for citizens. The card that it hands out by the millions is for “the undocumented,” given to foreign-born illegal aliens.

The ACLU card explains to an alien what he or she should do if stopped by police, immigration agents or the FBI. It explains that the alien has rights.

On a rainy day, protestors dressed in black hooded jackets and dark attire burn an American flag which has been emblazoned with corporate logos in place of the usual 50 stars.

The ACLU actively informs illegal aliens about their “rights,” but there is no paragraph in the Constitution remotely suggesting they have rights. The ACLU is known for defending any wacko idea or group, such as these protesters burning a U.S. flag that contains corporate logos instead of stars. (Photo from Common Wikki, courtesy Andrew Selman)

Of course, I don’t recall the paragraph in the Constitution where it stipulates that non-citizens have rights. I would argue that they have privileges in my country, not rights. It’s been hard enough for the last 2.5 centuries for we citizens to maintain — and expand — our rights against growing governmental intrusion and oversight!

ACLU List of Rights

Here are the “rights” that the ACLU tells illegal aliens to insist upon:

  • The right to remain silent.
  • The right to refuse a search of his or her person, car or home.
  • The right to calmly leave if he or she is not under arrest.
  • The right to a lawyer if he or she is arrested.
  • And the final kick to the guts of U.S. citizens: “Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.”

So, after detailing how to act and what to do if you are an illegal stopped by any agency of the police or immigration, the ACLU maintains that you also have a right to make a local phone call. It also insists that “the police cannot listen if you call a lawyer.”

ACLU Advice for Rights Violations

The ACLU even goes to this extent “if you feel your rights have been violated:”

  • Police misconduct cannot be challenged on the street. Don’t physically resist or threaten to file a complaint.
  • Write down everything you remember, including officers’ badge and patrol car numbers, which agency the officers were from and any other details. Get contact information for witnesses. If you are injured, take photographs of your injuries (but seek medical attention first).
  • File a written complaint with the agency’s internal affairs division or civilian complaint board. In most cases, you can file a complaint anonymously if you wish.
  • “Call your local ACLU or visit aclu.org/profiling.”

Do you remember the last time the ACLU went to court for a gun owner? Do you remember the ACLU’s stance on protecting the Second Amendment? Right. Never. The ACLU is a wholly owned subsidiary of America’s left. If it hits you up for a donation, show your USCCA card because you have the right to laugh in its face … or at least to remain silent.


About Rick Sapp

Rick Sapp earned his Ph.D. in social anthropology after his time in the U.S. Army working for the 66th Military Intelligence Group, USAREUR, during the Soviet invasion. Following his time in Paris, France, he worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before turning to journalism and freelance writing. Along with being published in several newspapers and magazines, Rick has authored more than 50 books for a variety of publishers.


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