*Would you like to know how to help your ‘undocumented immigrant’ friends from rights violations that are normal for Immigration and Customs Enforcement? Well, you should because the ICE Raids had begun a few weeks back, targeting thousands of undocumented immigrants from 10 major cities.
Calling for the Planned Raids to be Canceled
The American Civil Liberties Union came to the rescue and filed their lawsuit against the raids. They argued that all these undocumented immigrants weren’t given prior notice and none would be allowed to present their case and their reasons for seeking asylum.
While the raids have been put on hold, the American Civil Liberties Union would like you to know the following:
1. The One Being Targeted Aren’t the Only Ones Who Should Be Afraid
The ICE operation has made it clear that there will also be some collateral arrests even if these people aren’t specifically targeted. Previously, people who were a threat to national and public security were being targeted but now anyone who entered the US unlawfully is at potential risk.
2. If You Are Undocumented, You Need to Know Your Rights
According to the US constitution, if ICE officers raid your home, you have a right not to open the door for them. The ACLU states that ICE agents cannot enter your home without a warrant that is signed by a judge. What you may do is ask the agents to pass the warrant under your door and make sure whether the document is an actual judicial search warrant. A simple arrest warrant isn’t enough.
If the agents do enter your home, then we advise that you don’t physically resist the arrest. Once this happens, all you need to state clearly is that you didn’t consent to their entry and that you need your lawyer. Make sure you don’t sign any papers before your lawyer hasn’t arrived at the scene.
3. What to Do If You’re A Concerned Neighbor
During an ICE raid, we advise you not to physically interfere during the arrest but you have the complete right to document the events that transpire. This could include notes on what happened, photos and videos. Lastly, you will also have the right to document the arresting officer’s badges.
Once you have done all of the above, we advise that you call your local ‘rapid response’ hotline.