Asylum Seekers

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The largest hazard is routine traffic stops and petty crime busts. These brushes with the cops bag more activists than real police work. Our Bedouin lifestyle makes finding us at any one address difficult.

It is important to provide any fugitive with a good set of matching identification and a good cover story, playing deaf is often easier than trying to cover an accent or inability to speak English. The importance of good fake identification papers will only intensify once a national ID system is implemented. See Identification Papers for more ideas.

Safe Houses[edit]

The safest location to hide a fugitive is with a retired non-activist volunteer, think the auntie or grandmother type. They have the lowest priority on police lists and probably live in suburbia where the cops are called for loud parties. If the fugitive is trying to stay off the radar they must not use Internet or telephone from the safe house.

The asylum seeker must abandon or hide their vehicle in another city, vehicles are the easiest clue to find and trace back, a simple trade will inevitably lead back to our asylum seeker as well. Depending on how your host pays for food and supplies additional cash only, no club card purchases above and beyond what is normal should be made so a quick check of credit or club card purchases will not red flag the cops.

If you are unable to use an existing occupied residence as a safe house you will have to make the hideout as unnoticeable as possible whatever form that takes. A safe propane stove and several weeks of food, water, and fuel as well as some secure method of dealing with garbage and sewage are absolutely required for whatever accommodations you pick.

Changing clothing style and getting a haircut can alter appearance as can adding or removing glasses. Wigs and skin makeup are allot of trouble and a sure giveaway if left on too long.

Legal Asylum[edit]

If you are protecting a fugitive from a nation at odds with the United States it might be possible to obtain legal asylum from the state department and a legit residence visa. Having a pool of volunteers willing to get "married" to asylum seekers will increase the odds of success in getting a visa. Be in contact with an immigration attorney and always get advice from them about the current state of affairs with the State Department and what is the best course of action.

The following is directly from here.

You may apply even if you are in the US illegally. You may apply for asylum regardless of your immigration status as long as you file your application within one year of your last arrival or demonstrate that you are eligible for an exception to that rule based on changed circumstances or extraordinary circumstances, and that you filed for asylum within a reasonable amount of time given those circumstances.

The Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge will consider whether any bars to asylum apply. You will be barred from being granted asylum under INA § 208(b)(2) if you:

  • 1. Ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion
  • 2. Were convicted of a particularly serious crime (includes aggravated felonies). Committed a serious nonpolitical crime outside the United States
  • 4. Pose a danger to the security of the United States
  • 5. Firmly resettled in another country prior to arriving in the United States (see 8 CFR § 208.15 for a definition of "firm resettlement")

You will also be barred from being granted asylum under INA § 208 if you are inadmissible under INA § 212(a)(3)(B) or removable under INA § 237(a)(4)(B) because you:

  • 1. Have engaged in terrorist activity;
  • 2. Are engaged in or are likely to engage after entry in any terrorist activity (a consular officer or the Attorney General knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe, that this is the case);
  • 3. Have, under any circumstances indicating an intention to cause death or serious bodily harm, incited terrorist activity;
  • 4. Are a representative of
  • 1. a foreign terrorist organization, as designated by the Secretary of State under section 219 of the INA, or
  • 2. a political, social, or other similar group whose public endorsement of acts of terrorist activity the Secretary of State has determined undermines United States efforts to reduce or eliminate terrorist activities;
  • 5. Are a member of a foreign terrorist organization, as designated by the Secretary of State under section 219 of the INA, or which you know or should have known is a terrorist organization;
  • 6. Have used a position of prominence within any country to endorse or espouse terrorist activity, or to persuade others to support terrorist activity or a terrorist organization, in a way that the Secretary of State has determined undermines United States efforts to reduce or eliminate terrorist activities.

Asylum status may be terminated if you no longer have a well-founded fear of persecution because of a fundamental change in circumstances, you have obtained protection from another country, or you have committed certain crimes or engaged in other activity that makes you ineligible to retain asylum status in the United States.

If the above does not help try contacting:

   United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
   1775 K Street, NW, Suite 300
   Washington, DC 20006
   Telephone: (202) 296-5191
   Website: unchcr.ch

Continuing the Fight[edit]

Extreme care must be exercised and the strictest Security Culture must be followed when communicating with the outside world, see Communication for more ideas.

Fugitive Support Kits[edit]

An important revolutionary act is to assemble support gear for those who have been driven underground. These are similar to what those in the survivalist movement call "bug out bags". We are a little more realistic and realize that the fantasy of running to the woods and living off of squirrels and berries is very far fetched even for a survival expert. These kits should have some wilderness gear but should be designed with urban survival and border crossing primarily.

It is OK to go with budget items, if that is what it takes to build more of these support kits. The finest mountaineering gear would probably not even be warranted where our underground fighters will be going. This is not to be left scattered around your house, everything should be loaded in the pack and stored in a dry place, you might store the food separately in an easy to grab bag. It is very important to have one or more of these bags ready to go at very short notice. People need to know you are willing to provide these emergency support kits to fugitives. If somebody comes by your apartment at three in the morning with their face covered or turned away and loudly whispers "I need an escape kit" be happy that they are practicing Security Culture give them the kit and forget any identifiers so you won't be able to help the cops. You might also keep such a kit stashed someplace safe for fugitives to grab by themselves, see Caching. If you need to ask for a kit do it in a deniable way to keep the supporter out of trouble. It might do to have such a bag packed for yourself in case you are ever in trouble.

Look in Backpacking and Pack your bag for more item descriptions as well as ways to economize, of course look for the most generic gear possible to avoid attention. The suggested list:

  • Large frame backpack in good condition
  • Season appropriate jacket and clothing(is winter coming, what is the weather at the northern border)
  • Sleeping bag or blanket (a taped plastic cover might be good in rainy areas)
  • Tent or tarp tent (depending on climate plastic sheet tarp might be OK)
  • Stove and fuel or sterno and sterno stand (a can stand is OK)
  • Camping pots and handle
  • Eating utensils
  • "Stinger" water heater
  • Sleeping pad and/or hammock
  • Change of clothing or two (men's large pants and shirts fit most or can be cut off if you include a belt)
  • Sturdy shoes or boots (can be difficult because of sizing)
  • Batteries
  • Bottles for water
  • Ready to eat foods (tuna in bags, heavy cereal(like grapenuts), nuts, sweets, cheeses, sausages)
  • Easy to prep foods, couscous, ramen, soup base, condiments and spices
  • Instant coffee or tea (For long hours of running or driving)
  • Hair dryer (for heat and drying clothes)
  • Hat, clear safety glasses(should look like normal glasses), and sunglasses to disguise face, hair dye and bleach, razors, scissors, comb, mirror.
  • Printout of this book
  • Washcloth, towel, drain plug, and soap
  • Big black marker
  • Highway and local wilderness maps and compass

Other items might be appropriate depending on the conditions and needs of the underground for example a car, bicycle, weapons, cash, fake ID, communications equipment, whatever. A mobile phone, credit card, or calling card are all probably bad ideas since they are very easily tracked. Go back to Hip Pocket Law

Switzerland, Sweden, Other Nations & Political Asylum[edit]

After 9-11, Canada signed an extradition treaty that would send future draft dodgers back to the USA. In a future draft the Canadian government, currently dominated by right-wing Tories similar to the Republican Party, would be inhospitable to those fleeing a US draft.

New Zealand appears to be the most likely of English speaking countries to provide some hospitality to future draft dodgers, due to their opposition towards Bush/Blair foreign policy. Their political culture is also well to the left of any other country in the Anglosphere, and generous immigration laws which give English speakers an advantage.

Sweden, during the Vietnam War, provided asylum to US draft dodgers but its unclear whether they would in a future draft. The Swedes have a long history of tolerance towards foreign dissidents but a harsh anti-immigration mood, caused by ethnic-religious tensions involving Muslim immigrants.

Switzerland accepted a few US draft dodgers as refugees during Vietnam while tolerating the presence of many more. They also have a long history of accepting foreign political refugees and a thriving counterculture. The authorities are more concerned about illegal Moroccans and Algerians than US citizens. Ethnic-religious tensions caused as a result of the arrival of Muslim immigrants, while extant, seem to be at a lesser level than the rest of Western Europe.

Given the Swiss' long history of political neutrality, Switzerland may prove to be a future option in case of the draft coming back. Unlike the other countries mentioned it would be best to know either French or German to fit in. Setting up a sham marriage is the best way to get into a European country. A like minded friend(even same-sex in some places) can marry you, granting you instant citizenship to their nation of origin.

If you are Jewish, Israeli Arab, or a descendant you can run to Israel. Israel has very limited extradition but may try you for the crime and jail you. Israel does not have the death penalty unless you are a fugitive Nazi war criminal. You must have at least one Jewish grandparent or have a spouse who does to qualify for immigration. The simplicity of immigrating to Israel under their law of return is such that many immigrants from the USSR matched their criteria and now live in Israel, despite not considering themselves Jewish.

If you're just want to get the out of dodge and move to a better place, other English-speaking countries are a very good start. Australia, New Zealand and the UK now have tough immigration laws, but if your an American with a good job skill and you can give the immigration people a good impression, you'll probably get in and make big bucks. Canada is OK, but their immigration requirements are strict and until you're a citizen, you'll probably be forced to drive a cab or sell hamburgers as most skilled employment has a "Canadians First" policy. All three of these countries are accepting of like-minded Americans, with Australia probably the most accepting. Sweden has a very open-immigration policy even today. However, you'll probably be unable to get welfare money until you are a permanent resident. If you offed somebody, definitely go to Sweden. They will more than likely refuse to extradite you to a state with a death penalty statute. Note: Recent laws in England and Australia makes it as bad as amerika.

China while an integral part of the tidy little CorpGov fascist system is hardly part of the republicrat empire. You can get free transportation and housing as well as a salary in exchange for teaching English if you have a Bachelor's degree from a recognized college and can get a passport. There is no extradition treaty and quite a few high tech firms that will hire Americans. Beware Hong Kong does have extradition with the USA!

If you are in trouble a casual stroll against the tide of workers headed north will land you in sunny Mexico soon to be absorbed along with Canada by the Bushista empire, for now once across the border you can head toward an airport and freedom elsewhere. Mexico will deport non-Mexican citizens to the USA.