How to Protect Yourself
The very best thing you can do to protect yourself is to get in contact with an immigration attorney immediately. They will have the knowledge and resources available for you to protect yourself from any unwanted or unwarranted visas from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
However, the following tips by the United We Dream Organization can also be extremely helpful:
1. Do Not Open Your Doors
ICE cannot come into your home without a signed warranted by an immigration court judge. With your door shut, ask them to slide the signed warrant under the door or to push it up against the window so you can see it. They are not allowed in unless you let them.
However, if after viewing the document and verifying it’s legitimacy, let them in to your home. If you do, it may be viewed as obstruction of justice not and that will not do you any favors in a court trial.
2. Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent
In the United States anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. This is why when having an encounter with the Ice or CBP it is crucial that you you exercise the 5th amendment, the right to remain silent. Simply state: “I am exercising my fifth amendment right and choosing to remain silent until I speak to my attorney.”
3. Do Not Sign Anything Before Speaking to an Attorney
Do to the fact that many immigrants are not 100% fluent in english, and ICE and BCP agents are aware of this, they may attempt to trick you and have you unknowingly sign your own deportation, known as a voluntary departure. Do not sign anything before first speaking with an immigration attorney.
4. Record Your Encounter
Unless you are on federal government property, take detailed notes of your entire encounter with ICE or CBP. This includes things such as photos, videos, badge numbers, amounts of ages, time of the encounter, types of cars used – literally anything and everything you can.
5. Report Your Encounter
Report this encounter immediately to your immigration attorney. All of this information can be used to help determine if any rights violation was made on behalf of the immigration agency.
6. Get Help
Just because you have been picked up by immigration authorities does not automatically mean that you will be deported. However, there is no time to wait, immediately contact an immigration attorney if you are in any sort of encounter with the ICE or CBP. If you are detained, it is possible to get bail and be removed from custody.
7. Join a Community That Fights for Immigrant Rights
There are many organizations throughout the United States and Arizona that fight for the rights of immigrants. Don’t let our current presidential administration have you believe that you are alone in this fight. Don’t wait, call our immigration team at JacksonWhite today at (480) 626-2388 or book an appointment online to get more information on deportation defense.
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