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Know Your Rights as an Immigrant

Know Your Rights as an Immigrant

Dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other law enforcement authorities can be both intimidating and frightening. However, as a resident of the United States, you have basic rights under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of your immigration status. As residents of the U.S., we all have a duty to assert and protect our basic rights. First, you have the right to remain silent. You do not have to speak with law enforcement officers or ICE officers about anything. You don’t have to answer their questions, even if you weren’t doing anything wrong. You can tell them that you are choosing to remain silent. No matter how many times they might ask you, you are not required to tell them where you were born, how long you have lived in the U.S., or how you entered the U.S. It may be helpful to carry a “Know Your Rights” card with you at all times. If you are stopped or detained by police or ICE, you can just hand them the card, which tells them that you are choosing to remain silent and have the right to speak with an attorney in the event that you are detained. Next, you don’t have to answer the door if immigration authorities come looking for you or a family member. Remember that ICE has to have a legally valid warrant signed by a judge in order to enter your home. It is not legal for ICE to simply enter your home without a warrant and without your permission. You have the right to remain in your home and not answer the door, even if ICE is at your doorstep. As an immigrant, no matter what your legal status may be, you have certain rights as a resident of the United States, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, that we are here to protect. Our goal is to devote all of our efforts to advocating on behalf of you and your family before the immigration court. Don’t hesitate to contact the Bay Area immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., and set up your initial consultation today. We are here to help.

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