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What to do if ICE agents show up at your door

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As promised, it’s begun…from San Antonio to Seattle, under the guise of seeking out criminals, the Trump regime has ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to start raiding homes, businesses and even churches where suspected undocumented immigrants might be living.

This past weekend alone, in a press release, ICE claimed to have netted almost 700 persons in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and even reports of checkpoints in Oklahoma City around SW 29th and May.

ICE checkpoint on May Avenue in Oklahoma City. (@PatthewMallares)

To combat this, various human rights agencies such as United We Dream, Know Your Rights, and the ACLU have been posting similar enough tips for undocumented persons (and their loved ones) on what to do in cases where ICE agents might come into a neighborhood looking for arrests. Undocumented or not, you do have rights and, in an effort to get these helpful tips out to the public, here’s a streamlined collection of exactly what to do in case these actions come to your front door.

Do not open the door. ICE cannot come in without a warrant signed by a criminal court judge. They can only come in if you let them.

Remain silent. ICE can use anything you say against you in your immigration case so claim your right to remain silent or say “I plead the Fifth Amendment and choose to remain silent.” Do not say anything until you speak to a lawyer.

Do not resist. If they force their way in, do not resist. Tell everyone in the residence to remain calm and silent.

Do not sign. Do not sign anything ICE gives you without talking to an attorney.

Report and record. Take pictures and video unless you are on federal government property. Take notes of badge agents, number of agents, time, type of cars and exactly what happened. Report immediately to the United We Dream hotline: 1-844-363-1423.

Additionally, now would be the time to make sure to create a plan for your children, in case they come home to an empty house and no parents/guardians. Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to be on call so the children know they have a safe space to stay. Also, make sure to place a trusted friend or family member as an account holder on your bank account. You will need someone that can withdraw money on your behalf to send you or give to your children, if anything happens to you or your family.

Finally, get duplicates of any important IDs now (just in case you lose one or it is taken from you). You do NOT want to lose any important documents, so have extras on hand and keep them in a safe place at home. Additionally, if possible, get your foreign passports now.

As times get darker, the future is uncertain for many undocumented Americans living in this country. For more information on how to fight back, check out the various toolkits at https://www.unitedwedream.org  and https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights.

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