The United States Constitution guarantees basic rights to everyone in United States regardless of their immigration status. It is important to understand what these rights are so that you can respond appropriately.
If you are undocumented immigrant and ICE officers come to your place of work, note the following information:
Stay Calm: Do not run away. If you are frightened and want to leave, walk calmly to the exit. If you are stopped by an officer, ask if you can leave. If the officer says no, do not try to leave. If the officer begins to question you, you may tell them that you wish to remain silent.
You have the right to remain silent
- If you wish to exercise this right, say so aloud.
-You do not need to answer any questions. ICE can use anything you say against you. For instance, if you are asked where you were born or how you entered the United States, you may refuse to answer and remain silent.
- If you are asked to stand in a group according to your immigration status, you do not have to move or you may move to a neutral group which is not indicative of any status.
-You do not have to show any documents that will reveal your country of origin or immigration status.
-If you decide to respond to the officer, do not lie and do not show any false documents.
- Ask to speak to your attorney before signing any documents.
You have the right to speak to a lawyer:
-If you detained or taken into custody, you have the right to ask to contact an attorney. If you don’t have an attorney, advise the ICE agents that you wish to speak to one. You may ask them for a list of pro bono lawyers, if you cannot afford to hire an attorney. You also have the right to contact your consulate. They may assist you in obtaining a lawyer.
-If you have an attorney, you have the right to talk to them. If you have a signed Form G-28 which shows you have an attorney, give it to the officer.
- Advice the ICE agents that you will not sign any documents without talking to your lawyer. If you choose to sign any documents without speaking to a lawyer, be sure you understand exactly what the document says before you sign it.
Contact the Odunlami Law Firm to learn more about your rights or if you might be eligible for immigration benefits or relief.
Immigration Attorney Ifeoma Odunlami in Morristown, NJ
Contact Odunlami Law Firm to learn more about your rights or if you might be eligible for immigration benefits or relief: (973) 993 1900