How to Protect Yourself During an Immigration Raiderikaadmin
Immigration raids continue to be a hot button issue in this country as President Donald Trump strives to fulfill his campaign promise of deporting record numbers of immigrants from the United States. However, my office is dedicated to protecting and defending the constitutional and human rights of all persons in the US regardless of their immigration or refugee status. For this reason, we would like to provide with these general tips for protecting yourself during these raids. Keep in mind that the information contained here is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you need more information about this topic or have been the subject of a raid then contact me, Erika Roman, immigration lawyer in Los Angeles.
- Stay calm: We realize that an unexpected raid by ICE is a very stressful event. However, for your own safety and the safety of all around you should try to remain composed. Do not make sudden movements or attempt to physically resist law enforcement officers as such actions could quickly escalate.
- Do not open doors: If ICE comes for you at your home remember that you have rights. They cannot enter your premises without a warrant. Ask that they pass the warrant under the door before you letting them in. If they force themselves in then follow the above tip.
- Look at the warrant’s top signature line: Determine if the warrant was issued by a court and signed by a judge. If it was issued by DHS or ICE or signed by DHS or ICE employees only then they are not allowed to enter your premises.
- Do not sign anything: Always seek the advice of an attorney before signing anything.
- Report the raid: Take pictures, videos and make notes when the raid occurs. Also be sure to get names, badge numbers and other details that may come in handy later.
- Do not lie or show false documents: These actions could come back to harm you if you are taken into custody.
- Refuse searches: If ICE forcefully enters your home without a warrant calmly assert your right to refuse searches. Say to them, “I do not consent to your entry or to your search of these premises. I am exercising my right to remain silent.” You are also entitled under the Constitution to request a lawyer be present during any and all questioning.
- Assert your rights if you are detained: Even if you have been detained as a result of a raid you still have rights and should know and assert them. You have the right to contact an attorney. (Neither ICE nor the government are obligated to provide you with one.) You have a right to communicate with your consulate. You have a right to and should remain silent.
All our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who know immigration rights in Los Angeles. We know that an ICE raid is scary but it does not mean necessarily mean that your life here has ended and it certainly does not mean that you have somehow lost your basic right as a human being.