What to do When ICE Comes

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Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@onenous.com


Ok the pressure is on, for American families.  The pressure is undue and that is unfortunate and should not be happening.  In 1965, African American lawmakers and others fought to allow equal opportunities for immigrants.  The playing field had never been level as it relates to non European immigrants.  


However, if an ICE agent approaches you or come to your home follow protocol and I will list below the do’s and don’ts if you are approached.  


If you are approached by Law Enforcement:

  • Stay calm.  Don’t run, argue, resist, or obstruct the officer, even if you believe your rights are being violated.  Keep your hands where police can see them.  
  • Don't lie about your status or provide false documents.


Your Rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents, or other officials. Anything you tell an officer can later be used against you in immigration court.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you.
  • If an immigration agent asks if they can search you, you have the right to say no. Agents do not have the right to search you or your belongings without your consent or probable cause.
  • If you’re over 18, carry your papers with you at all times. If you don’t have them, tell the officer that you want to remain silent, or that you want to consult a lawyer before answering any questions

For more information about ICE or what you should do visit ACLU.org

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