Know Your Rights During Immigration Raid

by Ronald L. Freeman on Jul. 07, 2017

Immigration 

Summary: Know Your Rights During Immigration Raid.

Make sure you and others know what to do if approached by ICE officers.
Inform your family members (even children), housemates, neighbors and co-workers, regardless of their immigration status, of their right to remain silent and all of these rights if ICE or the police comes to your home, neighborhood or workplace.

You have the right to remain silent.
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.
Do not open your door to authorities without a warrant. You do not need to open the door unless an ICE agent shows you a warrant signed by a judge with your specific and correct name and address on it. If they say they have one, do not open the door for them to show it to you. Ask them to slip it under the door or through a window.

You have the right to speak to a lawyer and the right to make a phone call. Make sure to carry the phone number for an immigration lawyer with you at all times.

You have the right to refuse to sign anything before you talk to a lawyer.
Do not sign anything. That could eliminate your right to speak with a lawyer or have a hearing in front of an immigration judge. This may result in you being deported immediately without a hearing.

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

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