Recent ICE Raids

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At the start of the year, the Obama administration launched a large scale effort targeting recent immigrants who have already been ordered to leave the country. More than 120 adults and children have already been apprehended in raids conducted in several states.

The effort, so far has been mainly targeting immigrants who arrived from Central America. What is troubling, however, is the fact that despite claiming that ICE is only looking for those who have already been ordered to be deported, it appears that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents grab whichever people they can find who cannot prove their legal US status.

These ICE raids are also happening here in NJ.  Those who may be targeted by the ICE, or those who may find themselves in a position of being questioned by the ICE officer should know their legal rights.

If the Immigration Service comes to your home:

  • DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR!
  • Ask to see a Search Warrant. If the official does not show you one, you do not have to open the door.
  • Do not sign anything, especially an Order of Voluntary Departure, without first talking to a lawyer.
  • Do not answer questions. Do not tell them anything about where you were born or how you came to the United States.
  • Do not show any documents if the officials do not show you a Search Warrant.
  • Do not allow the official to enter your home. If you allow them in, you lose some of your rights.
  • DO NOT open the door for any strangers who say they are looking for someone else.

If the Immigration Service arrests you:

  • Do not answer any questions.
  • Do not say anything about where you were born or how you entered the United States.
  • Do not show any documents, except a letter from a lawyer. Do not show any false documents!
  • Do not sign anything, especially an Order of Voluntary Departure, without first talking to a lawyer.
  • Tell the Immigration Service official that you want your hearing in the city closest to where you live where there is an immigration court (so that they do not transfer your case).

About teperlaw

I am an attorney practicing family law, immigration and wills and estate planning. You can find out more about me and my firm by visiting my website at: www.teperlaw.com 106 W. Franklin Ave. Pennington, NJ 08534 (609) 737-3030
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