All Undocumented Immigrants: Be Prepared This Weekend!

Know your rights. Share this important legal information.

James Finn
Jul 12 · 5 min read
ICE Special Agents (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) arresting suspects during a raid. Wikimedia Commons.

According to multiple news sources and President Trump, ICE raids are expected to start this weekend, possibly Sunday, and will target recently arrived migrant families in 10 cities.

This is the largest coordinated immigration raid in recent memory, and if carried out as planned, may be the largest in US history. Thousands of parents may be separated from their children

If you, or any of your friends or family members are undocumented residents of the United States, here is vital information. Legal rights matter, and ICE agents don’t have the free hands they often say they have.

Please help spread this information as widely as possible.


Be prepared!

All immigrants, undocumented or not, have rights. If you or a friend or neighbor is targeted by ICE, here’s what you can do, according to Immigration Impact:

Do Not Open Your Doors

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot come into your home without a warrant signed by a federal court judge. With your door shut, ask them to slide the signed warrant under the door or push it up against a window. They cannot come in unless you let them.

Look at the warrant carefully. It should list all of the following:

  • The United States District Court for the district in which your home is located
  • Your address
  • The name of the person they are looking for
  • The judge’s name and signature
  • The dates the warrant is effective

You have the right to not let the officer enter if the warrant does not have all this information. Be careful. If your child opens the door, it is as if you did.

The officer could have an ICE warrant, but that is not the same thing. An ICE warrant allows ICE officers to arrest someone who is unlawfully in the U.S. An ICE warrant does not allow officers to enter private places, like a home.

Exercise Your Right To Remain Silent

I.C.E can and will use anything you say against you in court. It’s important for you to remain silent and ask to speak to your attorney. Simply tell the immigration officer: “I am exercising my fifth amendment right and choosing to remain silent until I speak to my attorney”.

Do Not Sign Anything Before Speaking to an Attorney

Many times, I.C.E. and Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P.) will attempt to trick and make you sign your own deportation. This is also known as a voluntary departure. Do NOT sign anything that they give you without first speaking to an attorney.

Record Your Encounter

It’s important to take photos and record video on your phone unless you are on federal government property. Take detailed notes of badge numbers, amount of agents, time, type of cars they used, and exactly what happened. Reporting this information will help us determine if any rights violation was made on behalf of the immigration agency and help us expose their rouge, manipulative tactics that they use to round up and deport immigrants.

Report Your Encounter

United We Dream runs a hotline called the MigraWatch Hotline for people to report activity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E), Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P), or any other immigration agencies. Report the activity by calling this hotline at 1-844-363-1423.

Get Help

Get a trustworthy attorney and explore all options to fight your case. If detained, remember that you might be able to get bail – don’t lose hope.

Visit IMMI, to find free or low-cost legal help near you.

Estar preparado!

ATENCIÓN TODOS los inmigrantes, indocumentados o no, tienen derechos. Si usted o un amigo o vecino son objetivos de ICE, esto es lo que puede hacer:

1) No abra sus puertas. El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) no puede ingresar a su hogar sin una orden firmada por un juez de inmigración. Con la puerta cerrada, pídales que deslicen la orden firmada debajo de la puerta o la empujen contra una ventana. No pueden entrar a menos que se los dejes.

2) Ejercer su derecho a permanecer en silencio. I.C.E puede y usará todo lo que diga en su contra en el tribunal. Es importante que guarde silencio y pida hablar con su abogado. Simplemente dígale al oficial de inmigración: "Estoy ejerciendo mi quinto derecho de enmienda y elijo permanecer en silencio hasta que hable con mi abogado".

3) No firme nada antes de hablar con un abogado. Muchas veces, I.C.E. y Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (C.B.P.) intentará engañar y hacer que firme su propia deportación. Esto también se conoce como una salida voluntaria. NO firme nada de lo que le den sin antes hablar con un abogado.

4) Graba tu encuentro. Es importante tomar fotos y grabar videos en su teléfono a menos que esté en propiedad del gobierno federal. Tome notas detalladas de los números de placa, la cantidad de agentes, el tiempo, el tipo de autos que usaron y exactamente lo que sucedió. Informar sobre esta información nos ayudará a determinar si se cometió una violación de los derechos en nombre de la agencia de inmigración y nos ayudará a exponer sus tácticas de manipulación y rouge que utilizan para reunir y deportar a los inmigrantes.

5) Reporta tu encuentro. United We Dream tiene una línea directa llamada MigraWatch Hotline para que las personas informen sobre la actividad de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (I.C.E), Aduanas y Protección de Fronteras (C.B.P) o cualquier otra agencia de inmigración. Reporte la actividad llamando a esta línea directa al 1-844-363-1423.

6) Obtener ayuda. Obtenga un abogado de confianza y explore todas las opciones para luchar contra su caso. Si está detenido, recuerde que podría obtener una fianza, no pierda la esperanza.

Visite a IMMI para encontrar ayuda legal gratuita o de bajo costo cerca de usted.

Thanks to Angie Rubino for the Spanish translation

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