A new wave of raids recently conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) have left many in a state of anxiety over the future of their immigration status in the United States. Although undocumented individuals have always been at risk of deportation, under the previous administration only certain immigrants were deemed “priority enforcement” by ICE agents, which essentially meant that many undocumented workers could continue to work and live in the United States without much worry of immediate removal.
Although none of the recent raids have been conducted outside the scope of previous ICE policy, the scale of their enforcement and number of arrests they have undertaken have undoubtedly increased in the past several weeks. More worrisome still is the fact that President Trump ran his campaign on promises to streamline deportation proceedings and crack down on illegal immigration, naturally leading most to believe that stricter enforcement is inevitable in the near future.
In response to these worries, a number of immigrant advocacy groups have hosted various workshops and published guides on what rights individuals can assert when an ICE agent approaches them. Perhaps the most useful of these guides came from the ACLU last week, when they circulated the following guide on how to respond if an ICE agent comes to your home:
Although the idea of detention and possible deportation is a terrifying notion, it is important to remember that all individuals in the United States, not just citizens, do have rights. If you have any additional questions about your rights in the event of a targeted ICE raid, reach out to an attorney at Stilwell & Slatton. Although there is much about the future of immigration law that remains unknown, our team remains on the forefront of the ever-evolving immigration policies in order to better serve you.