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What to Do During ICE Stops

February 24, 2017
What to Do During ICE Stops
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detain a suspect as they conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 2017. Photo by Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration lawyers say it’s crucial to establish legal representation, to know your civil rights and to have your documents in order.

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security are strictly enforcing immigration laws. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly recently said, “There will be no, repeat no, mass deportations,” but by law, anyone living in the United States without permission, is at risk. Even a clean criminal record doesn’t ensure protection.

“There’s effectively no prioritization,” says Andre Segura, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants Rights Project. “We’re going to see people who would not normally be detained, be detained.” Only DACA recipients (illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children and were given work permits under a 2012 Obama administration program) are excluded.

If you witness immigration officers questioning someone, or are stopped yourself, here’s what to do:


Additional reporting by Hallie Steiner