Here's What You Should Know About Upcoming ICE Raids

Here's What You Should Know About Upcoming ICE Raids

Know your rights and how to help undocumented immigrants targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests.

Recent events have alerted many of the possible and inevitable Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that will target thousands of undocumented immigrants across the country, who will be facing deportation in the coming days. Reports have shown that ICE plans raids beginning Sunday and lasting multiple days in which it plans to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants in at least ten major cities across The United States.

ICE agents have signaled a plan to deport at least 2,000 people who have been ordered deported. This past Thursday, The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit calling for any planned raids to be canceled. It states that most undocumented immigrants have not been given the proper notices for their appearance before legal proceedings to make a case to seek asylum.

Here is what to know about your rights:

Although the operation is still in the works, specific groups of people will be targeted for deportation, but it may put others at risk as well. This includes those who have missed their court appearance or were given orders of removal by ICE. They also have the option of deporting all the people at the scene as "collateral" even though they may not have been specifically targeted. ICE stated that it "prioritizes" deportations of undocumented immigrants who "pose a threat to national security or public safety" and most arrests were with those with criminal charges or convictions or who had unlawfully reentered the U.S. after being removed.

If ICE is at your door, don't open it. Unless they have a warrant, they are legally not allowed to enter your home. Ask that officers slide any warrants under the door. Do not physically resist arrest and ask to speak with an attorney from The Law Offices of James A. Welcome immediately.

Attorney James A. Welcome is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has handled nearly every type of immigration issue, including federal immigration issues and deportation cases. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for a consultation to discuss your case in confidence. Call us today to learn more about the legal options that may be available to your specific immigration issue.

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