The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an organization that regulates illegal and undocumented immigration. If you are visited by ICE officers, it is important to stay calm and exercise your rights. Our firm provides compassionate representation to immigrants who have been arrested and are facing deportation. All those who are living in the U.S. have certain rights, and it is helpful to be aware of these if the ICE should visit your home.
You have the right to:
- Stay silent
- Ask for an interpreter
- Ask to see a warrant that is signed by a judge
- Obtain legal counsel
When ICE officers visit, you should ask to see their warrant, and ask for the reason of their visit. They can show you a warrant through a window or under a door, but you don’t have to open the door. Administrative warrants do not give them the right to enter unless you give permission. However, if they force their way in and arrest you, the best thing to do is stay silent, and tell others in the house to stay silent as well. You don’t have to answer any questions, and by staying calm and obeying the officers, you can avoid criminal charges or more complicated situations.
If you fear the ICE may visit you, it is helpful to have a plan for family members to take care of your children, which may involve having a Power of Attorney in effect. Furthermore, you should keep all important documents in a safe place, and do not give your passport to the ICE officers. In addition, do not lie to the officers, but stay silent until you have spoken with a lawyer.
Call Our St. Charles Immigration Attorneys Today at (636) 400-1177
At Smith Law Offices, LLC, we provide informative and compassionate legal assistance to immigrants and their families. If you are facing deportation or you have been arrested by the ICE, we can discuss your situation and guide you through the process. Our St. Charles immigration lawyers stay up to date on federal and state immigration laws, and will work diligently for your case.
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