In June, President Trump delayed a wave of planned roundups targeting undocumented immigrant families around the country. However, Trump also threatened mass deportations would be carried out under his orders unless congressional Democrats agree to change asylum laws.
On Twitter, the President wrote:
“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) 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!”
ICE was expected to target more than 2,000 families with pending deportation orders as part of the raids. This has caused immigrant advocates in major U.S. cities to start a campaign to help prepare undocumented immigrants for such an operation.
With this news in mind, we want to take the time to explain what you should do if immigration agents come to your home:
- Remain calm.
- Do not open the door.
- Ask the agent if they have a search warrant.
- If immigration agents enter your home without your permission, verbally express that you do not give them permission to enter your home or conduct search.
- You have the right to remain silent, so do not answer any questions. If you do answer questions, do not lie.
- Ask to speak with your attorney.
- Do not sign any documents.
- If you feel safe, record the event with your cell phone.
If you are an undocumented immigrant, you should take the following steps to prepare for an ICE raid:
- Fill out a preparedness plan and put it in a folder. Label it “Privilege & Confidential” and give it to someone you trust.
- Create a plan with your family and friends that designates who will be in charge of your case and who will provide support at different capacities.
- Make sure your photos and videos are synced to the Cloud or Google Photos so that others can access your recorded interactions with ICE.
- Make sure the fences you have in your home are closed and locked at all times.
Our lawyers at Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A., are committed to defending the rights of immigrants who come to the United States looking for a better life. If you or someone you know is detained during an ICE raid, you should immediately consult with our legal team to get help with your case. We will use our extensive resources and knowledge of the law to fight for you.
Call (888) 491-8770 to speak with a member of our law firm today.