Day after day disturbing stories about the adverse situations facing immigrants continue to fill news and social media feeds. The Immigration Advocates Network offers insight into what immigrant families should know and what precautionary and safety steps to take regarding their immigration options:
First and foremost,
Families should make a preparedness plan:
Carry emergency numbers and contact information including the number for an immigration lawyer, advocate or nonprofit immigration legal service provider to call in case of emergency
Make sure emergency contact information is up-to-date with children’s schools
Designate a trusted person with power of attorney to make financial, legal, and child care decisions
What documents should immigrants carry at all times?
A valid work permit or green card.
U.S. issued state ID or driver’s license. Verify with immigration advocates what documents are safe to carry.
A red card to exercise the right to remain silent if stopped and interrogated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents or police officers.
What rights do immigrants have during an immigration raid?
Documented and undocumented persons have rights in the United States including to:
Make a phone call and speak to a lawyer
Demand a warrant before letting anyone enter the home
Avoid answering any questions regarding birthplace, immigration status or entrance to the U.S. before speaking to legal counsel.
Refuse to sign anything — this could eliminate rights to speak with a lawyer or have a hearing before an immigration judge.
During an immigration raid, all parties should remain calm. Allies are encouraged to take videos, photos, and safely record and document any information they can including the names and badge numbers of ICE agents and police officers.
Legal help is advisable and available for those needing assistance with Florida immigration issues.
As always, it’s best to speak directly with a South Florida immigration lawyer to make sure you are getting accurate and up-to-date information. Please call us directly with any questions you have, at 561-236-5340 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org