President-Elect Donald Trump’s statements about immigration are causing worry and fear in our immigrant communities. We don’t know anything about his plans or what Congress will support once he is in office, but what we do know is that immigrants, even undocumented ones are protected by the U.S. Constitution.
As a reminder to immigrant communities, the National Immigration Law Center released a helpful guide this week which explains what individuals should do if they encounter law enforcement or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.
The reminders include:
- You have the right to remain silent. You may refuse to speak to immigration officers.
- Do not open your door (ICE must have a warrant signed by a judge to enter).
- You have the right to speak to a lawyer.
- Before you sign anything, talk to a lawyer.
- Always carry with you any valid immigration document you have.
- If you are worried that ICE will arrest you, let the officer know if you have children.
- Carry a “know-your-rights card” and show it if an immigration officer stops you.
Stay strong. No matter our immigration status, color, creed, religious belief or any other label those who want to divide us can think of, we are Americans and the American Dream lives through us, by us and for us.