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Detained By ICE: How To Protect Yourself

Detained By ICE: How To Protect Yourself

Protection From ICE

ICE — an acronym that many immigrants associate with deportation. ICE’s vigilance in seeking out undocumented immigrants has never been stronger. Whether you are a documented or undocumented immigrant, you have rights under the U.S. Constitution, and understanding how to handle ICE should you be threatened with detainment, can help you stay protected from deportation. Here’s what you need to know:

Learn Your Rights Under the U.S. Constitution

If you are stopped and questioned by law enforcement, you have the following rights:

  • The right to remain silent - do not give any information about your immigration status to law enforcement authorities. Any information that you divulge can be used against you in immigration court.
  • The right to refuse a search - You have the right to deny law enforcement agents to search you or any of your belongings personally. Without consent, ICE agents and other law enforcement officials are not permitted to search you unless they have probable cause for doing so.

If you are being detained for questioning by ICE or any other law enforcement entity, do not answer any questions. Let the officer know that you wish to remain silent and contact an attorney immediately for help.

How to Help a Family Member Detained by ICE

If a loved one has been detained by ICE, it can be a problematic task to find out where they are being held. However, you may be able to find them through the ICE detainee locator website. You will be asked for the following information:

  • Alien number
  • Country of birth
  • Full name
  • Date of birth

If the person you are trying to locate is under 18 years of age or if they do not have an alien number, you will not be able to use the ICE detainee locator to find your loved one. If you come across a roadblock in finding your family member or friend, consult an immigration attorney as soon as possible to learn more about how to avoid deportation.

Why You Need an Immigration Attorney

When it comes to being detained by ICE, time is of the essence. Being threatened with deportation is scary. However, having an immigration attorney in your corner to fight for your rights can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

If your loved one has been detained by ICE, contact Revilla Law Firm, P.A. at (305) 858-2323 today for help.

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