Q: Soccer club asking for documentation from my immigrant youth.
We signed up my son in a soccer club. Once we submitted his birth certificate and they noticed he is an illegal immigrant they started asking questions like: when he entered the US, are parents or siblings us citizens etc... I felt very overwhelmed and now I'm not sure if we should be answering those questions just to join a soccer club. Please advise!
A: That does not sound like information that is relevant to your son’s ability to play soccer and if you are not comfortable, maybe there’s a different club that your son can join. Also, you may wish to speak with a local immigration attorney to determine what, if any, options are available to regularize your son’s status.
It is not appropriate for a soccer club or any organization to ask for information regarding immigration status or citizenship. You have the right to protect your family's privacy and to not answer any questions that you are uncomfortable with.
In general, organizations are not permitted to discriminate based on immigration status or citizenship. It's important to note that youth sports organizations may be required to obtain certain information for safety or liability reasons, such as emergency contact information and proof of medical insurance. However, they are not permitted to ask for information related to immigration status or citizenship.
If you feel uncomfortable providing this information or believe that the soccer club is engaging in discriminatory behavior, you may want to consider finding another soccer club or contacting a local advocacy organization for support. You can also report the behavior to the appropriate authorities, such as the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division or your state's attorney general's office.
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