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How to Prepare Yourself for an Immigration Raid

Overview

It is important to be prepared and to know your rights and your family’s rights in case of a raid or other encounter with ICE or local law enforcement. 

Everybody has rights under the U.S. constitution that you may exercise in such a situation. There are also a number of steps you can take ahead of any encounter to minimize panic, family separation, and loss of financial assets. The below guides provide helpful information on preparing as well as responding to a raid in your home, workplace, or in a public space.

The 5 Most Important Things You Can Do During A Raid

  • Stay calm and do not run away

  • Remain silent, or tell the ICE agent that you want to remain silent. If you do speak, do not lie.

  • Ask to speak with a lawyer

  • Do NOT sign any documents or answer questions without your lawyer present

  • Record details and names of officers