Do's and Dont's After Arrest by Immigration Customs Enforcement ("ICE")

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Do Not Lie to ICE!

Although you may remain silent, never lie to a federal officer. Chances are, you are not going to get ahead by lying and they will never believe you again. Many people don't realise that your fingerprints will reveal all prior arrests, prior deportations and who you are. Contrary to your belief, the ICE officer in front of you is probably smarter than you think!


If You Want To Be Released On Bond: You Must give a Valid Address Where you Live

Always keep proof of a valid address on you. ICE will not release you if you cannot proove who you are and where you live. An ICE bond gurantees your appearance in court. If you cannot proove you will recieve mailed court notices...then why would they release you?


Arrest and the Initiation of a Deportation Proceeding Does Not Mean You will be Physically Deported

Just because a Notice to Appear has been given to you does not mean you cannot apply to stay in the United States. Only a licensed an immigration attorney can review your family, residency, criminal and immigration history to advise you of your options to stay in the U.S. Dont trust the advice of a "friend" who did it another way, or a notario.


Do Not Miss Your Immigration Court Hearing or Be Late

If you miss your court date, you will probably be removed (deported) for failing to appear. Things will then get worse: ICE will come looking for you and may arrest your roomates, neighbors and friends if they are not legally in the U.S. It is very difficult to re-open a case once you are deported.


It is Worth It to Hire a Good Deportation Lawyer

Think about what the value is of remaining in the United States legally, compared to being arrested and deported. If you can win your case, the money you make every year mulitiplied by the money you earn may be over a million dollars. If you win, you may later become a U.S. Citizen and never face deportation again. You may also petition for your relatives as a Citizen.

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