Are you or someone you love at risk of being deported? Do you have a plan of what you will do if you are approach by an ICE agent? Over the past few days, we have received news of immigration raids in these cities:
– Baltimore, MD
– Charlotte, NC
– Atlanta, GA
– Medford, MA
– Houston, TX
ICE is out on the prowl and may be in your area. This means you should have plans of action in the event that immigration touch the door.
What is ICE?
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one of the federal government agencies responsible for deporting people. ICE is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Check List: Are You or Your Family Member at risk of being arrested by ICE?
ICE targets certain immigrants for deportation. Common targets include:
|Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) with prior convictions
Be aware: You may be a target even if:
• Your conviction is from years ago;
• You didn’t serve time in jail;
• Your case was minor or a misdemeanor;
• You’ve been an LPR for a long time; and/or
• All the other members of your family are US citizens.
|Undocumented people with violations or convictions
Be aware: You may be a key target if you:
• are undocumented and have a conviction
(for example: DUI “driving under the
influence,” drugs, domestic violence,
unlawful gun possession, or child
• You entered the U.S. on or after January
2, 2014 and/or you have been ordered
deported since January 1, 2014
Are ICE agents approaching anyone they think they can deport?
ICE agents know ahead of time who they want to arrest. They go to homes, courthouses, shelters and even workplaces to look for that person. Sometimes they wait on the street of your home and work to make the arrest.
If you are at risk, MAKE A PLAN!
- Make a plan with your loved ones in case you are picked up by ICE!
- Avoid contact with Immigration – don’t apply to change your immigration status or to renew your greencard and don’t travel outside of the United States without talking to a lawyer first!
- Avoid contact with the police. They will share your fingerprints with Immigration!
ICE approach you on the street or in public
When ICE agents arrest someone in public, it typically happens quickly. They may call your name out loud and ask you to confirm your name and then arrest you.
- Before you say your name or anything else, ask, “AM I FREE TO GO?”
- If they say YES: Say, “I don’t want to answer your questions” or “I’d rather not speak with you right now.” WALK AWAY.
- If they say NO: Say NOTHING! Tell them, “I want to use my right not to answer questions” or “I want to exercise my right to remain silent” and then say “I want to speak to a lawyer.”
- If ICE starts to search inside your pockets or belongings, say, “I do not consent to a search.”
- DON’T LIE or show false documents. Don’t flee or resist arrest.
- Don’t answer questions about your immigration status or where you were born. They will use any information you provide against you. Do not hand over any foreign documents such as a passport, consular IDs, or expired visas.
- If you are in Criminal Court for a court date, ask to speak to your defender before they take you away.
ICE Shows Up At Your Door
ICE often pretend to be police and say they want to talk to you about identity theft or an ongoing investigation. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR! If this happens, Say “I’d rather not speak with you right now.”
ICE CANNOT ENTER YOUR HOME TO ARREST YOU
ICE CANNOT come into your home without a SIGNED warrant OR if you let them in. If they say they have a warrant, tell them to pass warrant under your door before you open it.
ICE Shows Up At Your Door
- Find out if they are from DHS or ICE.
- Try to stay calm. Be polite. Don’t lie. Say “I don’t want to talk to you right now.”
- Politely ask to see a warrant signed by a judge and to slip it under the door. If they don’t have one, decline to let them in.
- If they are looking for someone else, ask them to leave contact information and to slip it under the door. You don’t have to tell them where to find the person and you should not lie.
ICE Is Inside My Home
- Tell them if there are children or if there are adults that cannot care for themselves at home.
- Ask them to step outside, unless they have a warrant signed by a judge.
- If they came inside without your permission, tell them “I do not consent to you being in my home. Please leave.”
- If they start to search rooms or items in your home, tell them “I do not consent to your search.”
- If ICE is arresting you, tell them if you have medical issues or need to arrange for childcare. What are my rights if I am being arrested by ICE?
- You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to speak to a lawyer.
- DO NOT LIE. It can only hurt you in the future.
- You do NOT have to share any information about where you were born, what your immigration status is, or your criminal record. Ask to speak to a lawyer instead of answering questions.
- You do NOT have to give them your consular documents or passport unless they have a warrant from a judge.
- You do not have to sign anything.
If you or a loved one is deportable, have a plan!
To find out if you or a loved one is deportable, call office at 888-638-5157 #2
THIS BLOG POST IS SOLELY FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES. IT SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE NOR DOES IT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. CONSULT WITH A LICENSED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL ADVICE.