Written by attorney Gwendolyn L Smith

(AILA) Immigrations: It Is important To Know Your Rights If ICE Visits Your Home

Everyone living in the United States, including undocumented migrants, have certain U.S. Constitutional rights. If you are undocumented and immigration (ICE) agents knock on your door, know that you have the following rights:

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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK TO A LAWYER. If you are detained or taken into custody, you have the right to immediately contact a lawyer. Even if you do not have a lawyer, you may tell the immigration officers that you want to speak to one. If you have a lawyer, you have the right to talk to them. If you have a signed Form G-28, which shows you have a lawyer, give it to an officer. If you do not have a lawyer, ask an immigration officer for a list of pro bono lawyers. You also have the right to contact your consulate. The consulate may be able to assist you in locating a lawyer. You can refuse to sign any/all paperwork until you have had the opportunity to speak to a lawyer. If you choose to sign something without speaking to a lawyer, be sure you understand exactly what the document says and means before you sign it.

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