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ICE Raids: Advocacy Groups Offer Advice on What To Do if Agents Approach You

"You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to say anything or provide any information," said Ruth Lopez-McCarthy, of the National Immigrant Justice Center

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    Immigrant Advocate Details Rights, What to Do in ICE Raids

     Ruth Lopez-McCarthy, of the National Immigrant Justice Center, discusses your rights and what you should do in the event that an ICE agent approaches you.

    (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants in 10 cities, including Chicago, is scheduled to begin Sunday, sources say.

    The raids will take place over multiple days and will target at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered to be deported yet remain in the country, a source told NBC News. They will also include "collateral" deportations in which ICE agents might detain people who were not initially targeted, but happened to be there during the raids, according to The New York Times. The final details of the operation "remain in flux" for security reasons, sources said.

    To learn about rights and resources available in Spanish, click here

    So if you are approached by an immigration officer, what should you do? A coalition of immigrant advocacy organizations held a news conference in Chicago Wednesday to offer support and resources, reminding the public - undocumented or not - of their rights.

    Mayor Lightfoot Says Chicago Won't Cooperate With ICE Raids

    Mayor Lightfoot Says Chicago Won't Cooperate With ICE Raids

    With concern ICE agents will begin deportation raids soon, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday Chicago police will not cooperate with those agents. CPD will not team up with ICE to detain any residents. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019)

    "You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to say anything or provide any information," said Ruth Lopez-McCarthy, of the National Immigrant Justice Center. "You have the right to walk away. Calmly ask if you are under arrest. If you are not under arrest, there's no reason for detaining you, then you can walk away and leave."

    "You have the right to be represented by a lawyer, a right to due process," Lopez-McCarthy continued. "This administration may not believe so, but every single person in this country has a right to due process and a right to be represented by an attorney, a right to make that phone call if you are detained, a right to contact your family. That is your right, please use it, express it."

    "You have the right to privacy, whether it's in your home, in your car, in the street. There needs to be a warrant for an individual to try to arrest you, especially in your home. You do not have to open the door to anyone who comes to your home if they do not have a warrant. They will find a way in if they do, so do not open the door if an official comes to your door," she added.

    "You have the right to not sign anything that you do not understand," Lopez-McCarthy said. "Please make sure everybody, who you are, no matter if you're documented, undocumented, that you express these rights."

    ICE agents often approach people in cars, Lopez-McCarthy said, urging people to ask any official that approaches if they are from ICE.

    "ICE often wears uniforms saying they are from police so it's an important question," she continued. "If the officer says they're from ICE or refuses to identify what agency they are with, remember, exercise your right to remain silent. Do not show any identification, especially if you are a passenger in the car, you do not have to show identification."

    Chicago Police Won't Cooperate with ICE, Lightfoot Says

    [CHI] Chicago Police Won't Cooperate with ICE, Lightfoot Says

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the Chicago Police Department won't cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, emphasizing, "we'll never tolerate ICE tearing our families apart in our communities."

    "That means that [Chicago Police] will not team up with ICE to detain any resident," Lightfoot said. "We've also cut off ICE from access to any CPD databases and that will remain permanent."

    (Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019)

    "If an ICE officer approaches you in public, again, use that, express your rights," Lopez-McCarthy said. "Ask if you are free to go. if you are told you are being detained, exercise your right to remain silent and request that phone call, request that attorney."

    The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights offers five main steps on its website for those targeted by ICE. First, ICIRR says not to open the door or engage with agents but instead call your emergency contact and start recording video or taking photos. Second, if you see ICE agents, demand to see a warrant. If they force their way into your home, take their names, agent numbers and license plate numbers of their vehicles.

    Third, ICIRR recommends to remain silent and fourth, do not sign any documents before speaking with a lawyer. Fifth, if you are detained, you have the right to make a call so memorize any important phone numbers.

    You should also prepare an emergency plan, choosing responsible adults to care for your children and keeping important documents secure.

    ICIRR also lists a family support hotline to call at (855) 435-7693, as well as a "Know Your Rights" card available to download on its website that you can hand to ICE agents should they approach you.

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