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Know Your Rights: If the Police or ICE come to your house

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By now you may have heard the disturbing news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) started a series of raids across the country on January 2nd, 2016. The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and numerous media outlets have reported that at least 121 individuals, including mothers and children, have been detained so far in States including Georgia, Maryland, Texas, North Carolina, and California. In response to our outrage and denouncement of the raids, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson released this statement on the removals. Please read the NYIC’s statement denouncing the raids.

The NYIC would like to clarify that at this time there have been no raids in New York State currently associated with the national news that ICE is rounding up Central American families. There are however ongoing ICE community arrests of individuals that meet other priority categories. To learn more click here

We recognize that there is immense fear and alarm in all of our communities, as well as a lot of rumors of ICE sightings. This is affecting the mental health and safety of our communities and we are horrified. In this time of great concern, we urge our communities in New York to avoid creating panic, learn your rights, stay informed, seek legal support now if you believe you are at risk, and prepare for the possibilities of any raids.

It is most important to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS if you believe you are at risk of an ICE raid.

If Police Come to Your House:

1. Do Not Open Doors
o ICE can only enter a home if they have a signed warrant or unless you let them in.
o Make sure to tell them to pass the warrant under the door before you let them in.

2. Report the Raid
o Let the New York Immigration Coalition know by calling 212-627-2227 or call the United We Dream hotline 1-844-363-1423.

o You can also call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 for information about possible raids in New York.

o Take pictures.

3. Remain Silent
o You have the right to remain silent, it is the 5th amendment right.
o Anyone in police custody must be told four things before being questioned by the police (it’s your
Miranda Warning):

  1. You have the right to remain silent.
  2.  Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  3. You have the right to an attorney.
  4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
    So stay silent until you have an attorney present.

4. Do NOT Sign Anything
o Do not sign papers ICE may give you without first speaking with your attorney.

5. Get a Lawyer & Fight for Your Case to Stay
o Find a trusted lawyer to help you fight you

o If you believe you are at high risk, seek legal representation now to understand your legal options.



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