What Should I Do if I Am Questioned About My Immigration Status?

What Should I Do if I Am Questioned About My Immigration Status?

Intensified immigration enforcement efforts have led to many individuals being stopped and questioned about their immigration status, most commonly by Border Patrol or Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Given this common occurrence, you should know and be prepared to exercise your legal rights if an agent questions you about your immigration status. First, you have the right to remain silent. With a few narrow exceptions, you do not have to answer any questions about your immigration status, your family, your native country, or how you entered the country. If you are entering the country through an international airport or border, however, agents do have the right to ask you about your immigration status and other information, since you are attempting to enter the country. On the other hand, if an immigration officer asks to see your immigration papers, and you are not a U.S. citizen, you do need to show him or her your papers. For this reason, you should carry your immigration papers with you at all times. If you don’t have any immigration papers, you can simply remain silent. Although it can be tempting to do so, you also should not lie about your immigration status or provide an officer with falsified documents. If you are stopped while in your vehicle, the officer does have the right to see your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration. You do not have to allow the officer to search your vehicle, but he or she can search your car without your consent if it appears that your car contains evidence of a crime. You have the right to remain silent as to any crimes, as well as your immigration status, whether you are a driver or a passenger in the vehicle. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., pride themselves on aggressively representing the interests of those immigrants who are facing potential deportation by American immigration authorities. Our goal is to gather evidence in your favor, build on a strong case on your behalf, and develop a strategy that is best designed to help you remain in the United States and move on with your life. The earlier we can get started with your case, the more likely you are to prevail in your deportation proceedings. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn what we can do to assist you.
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