Learn about protecting your rights if involved in an immigration raid stopped by the police/immigration:
In late December 2015 there were rumors that the ICE was conducting raids that targeted immigrant families who arrived here fleeing violence in Central America and received final deportation orders after January 1, 2014.
In what was described as a “large-scale effort to deport families who fled violence in Central America,” we heard reports that DHS/ICE was coordinating with the Salvadoran consulate. At that time, DHS/ICE was prioritizing the deportation of:
- those with open deportation orders,
- those who have signed for voluntary departure,
- families with a negative credible or reasonable fear determinations who were never issued a Notice to Appear, and
- those who litigated and lost legal claims.
So this implies that people who are being targeted HAVE HAD PAST CONTACT WITH IMMIGRATION, THE IMMIGRATION COURTS, OR BORDER AGENTS. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW BECAUSE IT IS PROBABLE THIS GROUP WILL CONTINUE BE TARGETED UNDER A NEW ADMINISTRATION.
Remember these basic rules:
- Do not open the door for immigration agents.
- Do not answer the questions of immigration agents. You have the right to remain silent—even if you are detained. You do not need to give your name or identity documents. You have the right to speak with a lawyer.
- Do not lie or show any false documents.
- If you are at work or on the street or in a public place, ask the immigration agent if you are free to go. If the agent says yes, walk away slowly and calmly.
- If you are at home, ask the officer if they have a warrant. A warrant is a paper signed by a judge giving the officer permission to enter your home. The warrant will specify what areas of your home they are allowed to search. If the officer has a warrant, ask them to slip it under the door. Only then should you let them in.
More information about what to do in the event of a raid is available here: http://iceoutofla.org.
To report a raid, call 844-878-8071.
You can contact MIRA if you have any questions or are concerned about being a target for deportation, at 617-350-5480.
You can also report any raids to the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and United We Dream by calling 1-844-363-1423.