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Know Your Rights: ICE
By Christopher R Rice
You may have heard the disturbing news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) started a series of raids across the country.
Mothers and children, have been detained so far in States including Georgia, Maryland, Texas, North Carolina, and California.
In this time of great concern, we urge you to learn your rights, stay informed, seek legal support now if you believe you are at risk, and prepare for more raids.
If Police Come to Your House:
1. Do Not Open Doors
ICE can only enter a home if they have a signed warrant or unless you let them in.
Make sure to tell them to pass the warrant under the door before you let them in.
2. Report the Raid
Let the New York Immigration Coalition know by calling 212-627-2227 or call the United We Dream hotline 1-844-363-1423.
You can also call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 for information about possible raids in New York.
3. Remain Silent
You have the right to remain silent, it is the 5th amendment right.
Anyone in police custody must be told four things before being questioned by the police (it’s your
You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
You have the right to an attorney.
If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
So stay silent until you have an attorney present.
4. Do NOT Sign Anything
Do not sign papers ICE may give you without first speaking with your attorney.
5. Get a Lawyer & Fight for Your Case to Stay
Find a trusted lawyer to help you fight you
If you believe you are at high risk, seek legal representation now to understand your legal options.
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