In the midst of widespread fear by many, as ICE raids are approaching and occurring, it is important to know what actions to take and what actions to avoid. President Trump has postponed a massive ICE operation that could have targeted thousands of families who have received deportation orders. Whether a US citizen or not, every person in this country has certain basic rights. Having a detailed plan of action for you and your family is important to ensure maximum safety during this time.
- Stay calm;
- Do not resist or obstruct the agents or officers;
- Do not lie or give false documents;
- Prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested and ask them to immediately contact a lawyer — They can download our information in the format of a business card and always carry with them in their wallet.
- Memorize the phone numbers of your family and your lawyer — download our information in the format of a business card and always carry with them in their wallet.
- Make emergency plans if you have children or take medication.
What To Do If An ICE Officer Shows Up At Your Door?
In case a police officer comes to arrest you at your home:
- Do not open the door at first.
- Ask who they are, and why they are there. They cannot enter without a warrant signed by a judge. A search warrant is needed for police to enter your home. If the search warrant is not signed by a judge, you can refuse to open the door and let them into your home;
- If the warrant is signed by a judge, ask them to show you the warrant through a window or the peephole. Agents are allowed to step in and search your house if they have the warrant;
- Questions do not need to be answered if presented with a search warrant. Any information given to an officer can be used against you. Refuse to speak until your lawyer is present–you can download our information in the format of a business card and always carry with you in your wallet;
- Do not lie under any circumstances.
What To Do If An ICE Officer Approaches You In Public?
If a police officer approaches you in public:
- Do not leave, run from the scene, or resist arrest;
- Make sure to remain quiet until your lawyer is present;
- Make sure to have the name and phone number of your lawyer to contact quickly in case of arrest — you can download our information in the format of a business card and always carry with you in your wallet;
- To ensure you do not get tricked into signing deportation documents do not sign anything until your lawyer is present;
- Finding out the name of the officer or their license plate can be helpful if it comes down to going to court in the future;
- Always write down every detail about a raid that you remember and its fresh in your memory once the dust settles.