ICE Raids: How To Protect Yourself and Your Family From ICE Raids
Though the new presidential administration is still in its infant stages, there are already a wide range of different dramatic changes taking place across the US. Case in point: ICE (or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” a component of the US Department of Homeland Security) raids are on the rise from coast to coast. Stories are cropping up each day about either new raids, preparation for upcoming raids or the fears of those in the community who believe they may soon be subject to one themselves.
If you want to protect yourself and your family from ICE raids, there are a few essential things to keep in mind.
Staying Safe From ICE Raids
The number one thing that you can do for you and your family to protect everyone during an ICE raid is to know your rights. If you are asked any questions, you absolutely do not have to answer regardless of what ICE officials say. Also known as the “right to remain silent,” you can either choose to say nothing or simply fall back on “I would like to speak to my attorney.”
If an ICE raid is taking place at your home, understand that you absolutely have the right to see a warrant. Do this before you allow someone to enter – even if you’re an undocumented immigrant. Note that the same is true if an ICE raid happens at your work. With the only exception being if your place of employment is in a public location.
If you are an undocumented immigrant who is being subject to an ICE raid, one of the most essential things to do is to NOT provide government officials any information at all about your immigration status. Do NOT lie and do NOT give false documents. But again – do not provide them with any information whatsoever until you have had a chance to speak to an attorney.
One recommendation is not to carry any type of papers. Or, other documents with you that may be from another country. If you do, ICE officials will take them from you. Furthermore, they can actually be use against you at a deportation meeting taking place in the future.