Raids on Hold, But Prepare Yourself & Know Your Rights
On June 21, 2019, reports came out that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be conducting raids against family units with final removal orders. The day after, President Trump tweeted that the raids were put on hold to allow Congress to come together and work on a solution to the “Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.” According to the President, the hold would be for 2 weeks. Migrant families should prepare for the possibility that the raids start once the 2 weeks expire. They should make sure to know their rights in case they come into contact with an ICE officer.
Migrant families have the following rights if ICE visits their home:
1. They do not have to open the door, unless the ICE officers have a valid search warrant signed by a judge. An ICE deportation warrant is not sufficient to allow the officers entry into the home. Individuals should ask the officers to slide the search warrant signed by the judge under the door and review it carefully to make sure all the information is correct (e.g., name, address, judge signature).
2. Individuals have a right to remain silent. They do not have to answer questions or provide documents. It is very important that they verbally say that they choose to remain silent.
3. Individuals have the right to speak to a lawyer. If the individual is detained or taken into custody, they have a right to speak to a lawyer and should inform this to the ICE officers. If they do not have a lawyer, they can ask to contact their consulate and request assistance with locating a lawyer.
At https://www.nilc.org/issues/immigration-enforcement/everyone-has-certain-basic-rights/, a Know Your Rights card is available in different languages. Individuals should keep this card with them at all times and hand it over to an immigration or police officer if they are stopped.
If you have questions about your immigration case here in Florida, it’s important to speak with an experienced immigration attorney to discuss your specific case and circumstances. Attorney Evelyn J. Pabon Figueroa is an Associate in the Orlando office of CPLS, P.A. She is a member of the firm’s Immigration Practice Groups. Contact Attorney Evelyn today at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any family or marital legal issues you may be experiencing.