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Immigrants have several rights: The right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud. The right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, car or home. The right to calmly leave if you are not arrested. The right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately. You have constitutional rights regardless of your immigration or citizenship status.
It’s important to remain calm and polite. Do not interfere with or obstruct the police. Do not lie or give false documents. Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested. If you have children at school, make sure all information and emergency contacts are up to date such as who can and who cannot pick up your children. If provided, fill out special form and sign it to establish authorization.
Have a sheet of emergency numbers and contact information with a file of important documents so you, your family or your emergency contact can access them in case you are not able to access them.
You can designate and document someone you trust with Power of Attorney. When you appoint someone, bring the document to school or family member. This legal document let everyone know the name of the person on the form can make financial, legal or child care decisions in your absence.
If you are stopped by police for questioning, remain calm and don’t run. Don’t argue, resist or obstruct the police. Keep your hands where police can see them. When you communicate through signs, do it calmly. You can ask if you are free to leave. If so, walk away calmly. If arrested, you have the right to know why. You have the right to remain silent. You cannot be punished for refusing to answer. You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings. But police may pat down if they suspect a weapon. Do not physically resist. Be calm and cooperative.
If you get stopped in your car, pull over in a safe place quickly as possible. Follow the standard protocol and keep hands on the wheel. When police officer comes to your window, let them know you’re deaf. Upon request, show them your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. If an officer or immigration agent asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. If police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, your car can be searched without your consent. Both driver and passenger have the right to remain silent.
If questioned about your immigration status, you have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizen status with police. If traveling out of country, you will have to disclose your immigration status. If you are not a US citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them. Always have your documents with you at all times. Do not lie about your citizenship status or provide fake documents.
If you lie, you can be arrested. If police or immigration agent comes to your house, you do not have to let them in right away. Before entering your house, police must give and explain reasons before the judge. If the judge accepts, the judge will sign a form. This is called a warrant. When the police arrive at your house, you can stay indoors and ask to see the warrant. Ask them to show the warrant to the window or slip under the door. There are three different kinds of warrants. A search warrant allows police to enter the address listed but only search the areas and for the items listed. An arrest warrant allows police to enter the home of the person listed on the warrant if they believe the person is inside. A warrant of removal/deportation does not allow officers to enter a home without consent. During the entire time, you can remain silent. If you choose to speak to the officers, step outside, close the door, and speak outside.
If the FBI contacts you, you have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions. Ask to speak with a lawyer first. If asked to meet with the FBI for an interview, you have the right to say you do not want to be interviewed. If you agree to an interview, have a lawyer with you. During ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids, know that you, your family, friends and neighbors have the right to remain silent. You can refuse to answer any questions especially about your birth place, immigration status or how you entered the US. It’s important to speak with your lawyer first. If they want to enter your home, ask to see the warrant first. When you get a warrant, check to see it is signed by a judge. You have the right to speak to a lawyer. Carry a phone number for an immigration lawyer with you at all times. If something happens, you can make a call. You have the right to refuse to sign anything. Do not sign without a lawyer. You have the right to refuse to show any documents before speaking with a lawyer.
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