By Nigel Flores
With the status of several million immigrants around the United States still up the air, there are certain precautions that should be taken if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers comes to the door.
According to United We Dream, an organization that “organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families,” there are 5 steps in particular that families and individuals should practice:
- Do Not Open Doors
ICE is not allowed to come into a home without either a search warrant or consent. If there is a search warrant, ask the agent to slip it under the door.
- Remain Silent
ICE can use any potential information you offer them in building their case. Plead the 5th amendment and remain silent.
- Do Not Sign Anything
Without consulting with an attorney, do not sign any document during a raid.
- Report the Raid
Individuals should record the raid with pictures, videos, and notes. Record badge numbers of agents, and take into account of how many participated in the raid.
- Legal Case
If not detained, one should obtain an attorney and explore all legal avenues that can be taken.
“Don’t give up hope,” concludes the United We Dream flier.