As an undocumented immigrant living in the United States, one of your greatest fears is being deported back to your home. You worked hard to create a life here, but know that if you get caught, you will be detained for a long period of time. It’s a frightening thought. But what can be worse is not cooperating with government officials when they do come knocking at your door.
For example, let’s say you were recently arrested for a minor crime. You know any day now you will be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. So what should you do? Do you run? Who can you turn to for help?
The first thing you need should remember is to stay calm. Even if you’re in this country illegally, you do have rights. Here are a few things the American Civil Liberties Union says to keep in mind when ICE agents show up at your doorstep:
- You have the same rights as everyone else. That means you can remain silent and call an immigration attorney as soon as possible.
- If they are at your door, you can keep it closed. Ask them if they are ICE agents and why they are at your home. Opening the door won’t give them the permission to come in, but it’s easier to speak to them behind a closed door. If they don’t speak your language, ask for an interpreter.
- If the agent is asking or demanding entrance into your home, say you want to see the warrant first and to slip it under the door.
- Make sure that warrant is either a judicial search or an arrest warrant signed by a judge and not a Department of Homeland Security or ICE official. If not, keep the door closed and say you do not consent to their entry.
- If the officials force their way in, do not resist. Just remember to tell them you are remaining silent and you do not consent their entry. Make sure your family remains silent and calm as well.
- Don’t lie or sign any documents without an attorney present. And remember, if you are facing detention, give us a call right away to set up an immigration bond.
If you or a loved one is facing ICE detention, get help now. Contact a Houston immigration bondsman from Freedom Federal Bonding Agency now.