[PARTNER] Are ICE Raids Really On Hold? Know Your Rights

On June 17, 2019, President Trump tweeted that ICE raids will take place that weekend. Then, a day before the raids are to happen, he tweeted again to announce that the ICE raids are on hold for two weeks “to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!” The 2 weeks hold will end by July 6, 2019. Whether or not ICE will then begin the process of apprehending and removing immigrants who are unauthorized to stay in the United States, one must be vigilant about his/her rights.

For those who may be affected by the threat of removal, the “Know Your Rights”  below, prepared by Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC), a non-profit organization based in San Francisco CA may be asserted if the inescapable ICE visit or arrest takes place.

You have the right to remain silent.

You can assert your fifth amendment right. You can refuse to speak to an ICE agent. Do not answer any questions, especially about your birth place, immigration status or how you entered the United States. Say that you want to remain silent until you speak with a lawyer.

You have the right to demand a warrant before letting anyone into your home.

The ICE agent may not enter your home without a warrant. You do not have to give permission for him to enter. It is okay not to open your door unless the agent  shows you the warrant. If the warrant is presented to you, ask the agent to slip it under the door or through the window.  Make sure it is signed by a judge with your correct name, address and date of birth.

You have the right to speak to a lawyer and the right to make a phone call.

It is important to have your attorney’s phone number handy. You will be entitled to make a phone call. If you do not know your attorney’s number, call a trusted friend or relative to coordinate with your attorney.

You have the right to refuse to sign anything before you talk to a lawyer.

There will be some documents that will be presented to you for signing after you are apprehended and taken into custody.. Do not sign anything.  If you sign without understanding the nature of the document, it is possible that you are signing a waiver of your rights to a lawyer or to a hearing. And if you waive these rights, it may result in your immediate removal without a hearing.

You have the right to refuse to show any documents before speaking with a lawyer.

When you are visited by an ICE agent, you do not have to give permission to search any of your belongings unless there is a warrant. You can ask to speak with a lawyer before you submit any documentation.

Considering the threat of a mass apprehension, it is worth exploring legal options with a trusted professional immigration attorney and from there decide on an appropriate course of action to obviate fear of possible removal.