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ImmigrationAndCustomsEnforcement.jpgEven if you are an undocumented immigrant, you still have rights living in this country. More and more people are living in fear that they could potentially be deported from this country. It is important to make sure you are aware of your rights if the Immigration and Customs Enforcement visits your home or workplace.
If ICE visits your home, here are ways that you can keep yourself protected:
- You do not have to answer the door. The only way that ICE would be able to search your home is if they have a warrant signed by a judge.
Even if they have a deportation warrant, this is still not the same as a search warrant. Without your permission, they cannot come in. If the officer says that they do, ask them to slide it under the door or hold it up to a window. Make sure that this document has the proper information on it before complying such as your name, address, and that it is signed. You can speak through the door, and you do not have to open it.
- You have the right to remain silent.
You do not need to speak to the officers or answer any of their questions. If you choose to remain silent, make sure to verbalize that. A know-your-rights-card is a way of showing the officer that you are going to remain silent, and that you wish to speak to a lawyer. Whatever you do, just make sure you do not lie or show any fake documents. This will only do more harm. 

-You do have the right to speak to a lawyer.
If you are taken into custody, you have the right to immediately contact a lawyer. Even if you don't have one, you still have the ability to speak to one. You can refuse to sign any paperwork given to you if you have not had the opportunity to talk to a lawyer.
If ICE visits your workplace, you also have rights, and ways in which you can protect yourself. Again if ICE comes to your workplace they either need a warrant or to have permission from your employer. In a situation like this, you are going to want to follow these steps.
-Do not panic or try to run from the situation.
Always remain calm. If you need to leave, walk towards your exit. If you are stopped and told you cannot leave, do not try to leave.
-You have the right to remain silent.
Again, you do not need to speak to the officers or answer any of their questions. If you choose to remain silent, make sure to verbalize that. A know-your-rights-card is a way of showing the officer that you are going to remain silent, and that you wish to speak to a lawyer. Whatever you do, just make sure you do not lie or show any fake documents. This will only do more harm.
-You have the right to speak to a lawyer.
Again, if you are taken into custody, you have the right to immediately contact a lawyer. Even if you don't have one, you still have the ability to speak to one.
Be aware of your rights. Contact an immigration lawyer with experience. Palacios Law Group is here for you. We can help!
Source: AILYA 

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