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Know Your Rights!

 

Contact by ICE in a public place 

  • Do not run and remain calm 
  • Provide only your name, if asked
  • If asked where you were born, do not answer. Ask if you are free to leave & if so, calmly walk away 
  • If questioning persists, politely deny answering further questions and ask for a lawyer 
  • If asked to be searched, simply state, “No, you can not search me.” 
  • If agent proceeds with the search or arrest, do not resist, argue, or be disrespectful. Do not make any statements 

Contact by ICE in the workplace

  • Do not run or attempt to hide. Remain calm 
  • Provide only your name, if asked 
  • If asked where you were born, do not answer. Ask if you are free to leave & if so, calmly walk away 
  • If questioning persists, politely deny answering further questions and ask for a lawyer 
  • If asked to stand in line if you do not have work authorization, do not do so. Remain in your current position

Contact by ICE at home 

  • If an unfamiliar person or ICE agent knocks on your door, do not answer 
  • If ICE agent states he has a warrant, ask to see the warrant 
  • If there is no warrant, you are not required to and should not consent to allow the agent to enter your home and conduct a search 
  • You are not required to answer any questions 
  • If the agent insists he has a warrant and will forcefully enter your home do not resist. Be polite, do not argue, and stay calm  

If you are driving or in a vehicle and you are pulled over by ICE 

  • Do not look back and forth in the direction of the patrol vehicle 
  • Do not accelerate or evade the police vehicle 
  • Yield to the side of the road when safe to do so 
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel 
  • If ask where you’re born, do not answer 
  • Do not argue when asked to produce a driver’s license or vehicle registration 
  • If ordered to exit the vehicle, do so in a calmly manner 
  • If a Highway Patrol officer, a police officer, or a deputy sheriff stops you and tells you that you will be issued a citation to appear in court, you must sign the promise to appear in court or you will be arrested. Sign it and contact a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, appear in court on the court date and time on the citation. If the violation is a misdemeanor, ask the judge to appoint a public defender  

If you or a family member are arrested by ICE agents

  • Do not resist arrest. Do not argue with the agents 
  • Do not answer any questions 
  • Inform the agent you want to speak to a lawyer 
  • Do not sign any documents 
  • When you are transported to the detention center contact a relative or friend to contact a lawyer if you can’t do so directly 
  • Do not discuss your immigration status over the phone or with anyone other than your lawyer 

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