U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (otherwise known as ICE) raids immigrants in the workplace, at home, and in public. All immigrants should know their rights so that they can protect themselves as well as help spread this information to others that they know who may be in danger.
The following blog post will discuss what an immigrant should do if they are in the workplace, at home, or in public.
If immigration officers come to your workplace, they must have a valid search warrant or they must have the consent of your employer.
If you are approached, do not panic or run. The best thing that you could do is calmly walk towards to exit.
If walking towards the exit does not work and you are stopped, you may ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says no and starts to question you. Stay calm and know that you can choose to remain silent.
If you choose to remain silent, state this out loud. If you are asked to stand in a group according to immigration status, you do not have to move. You can move to an area that is not designated for a particular group.
You also may refuse to show documents containing information about what country you are originally from.
It's always good to have a know-your-rights card on you in case you are ever in a situation where you get questioned by an officer.
If you get detained or are in custody, understand that you have the right to speak to a lawyer. If you have a Form G-28 form that states that you have a lawyer, give this to the officer.
If you do not have a lawyer, you can still tell the immigration officers that you would like to speak to one. You have the right to refuse to sign any paperwork until you have a lawyer.
If you do sign any paperwork, make sure you fully read it and understand what you are signing.
If ICE knocks on your door at home, understand that you have rights and ways to protect yourself. You do not have to open the door or let the officers into your home unless they have a valid search warrant that has been signed by a judge.
Understand that an ICE deportation warrant and a search warrant are different. If the officers just have a deportation warrant, they cannot legally come inside unless you agree to let them in.
If an officer says that they have a search warrant, ask them to slide it under the door or hold it up to the window to show you.
If the warrant does not have your correct name or address on it or it is not signed by a judge, you do not have to open the door to let them in.
If the warrant does have your correct name and information but is not signed, then you do not have to let them in. Yo also do not have to open the door to speak to the officers.
Just like this blog post explained early, you have the right to remain silent. If you get detained, you also have the right to speak to a lawyer.
If you are in a public space, remember as stated for the workplace and home raids, you have the right to remain silent. You do not need to speak or answer any of the immigration officer's questions. You may ask if you are free to leave. If you choose to remain silent, remember to always state that out loud. You may also refuse a search. If you are stopped for questioning, but not arrested, then you do not have to consent to a search. Like stated previously, if you are taken into custody, you do have the right to speak to a lawyer.
Contact Palacios Law Group when you are in need of an immigration law expert! We are here to help protect you.