LOUISVILLE, Kentucky. According to Bloomberg, arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have increased under the Trump administration. The Atlantic reports that immigration arrests have increased by 38 percent since Trump took office. Trump has expanded the categories of individuals marked as priorities for removal. This means that more immigrants may face encounters with police or immigration officers in the coming months. Reports of deportation raids and sweeps have led to fear in the immigrant community. While Trump’s policies are certainly alarming to the immigrant community and to those who are undocumented, knowing what to do if you encounter police can make a huge difference.

So, what are your rights? According to the American Civil Liberties Union, you have the right to remain silent, the right to refuse to a search. If officers ask you questions, you may need to verbally tell officers that you wish to remain silent. If you are not under arrest, you have the right to leave. If you are under arrest, you have the right to a lawyer. Finally, and most importantly, you do not have to discuss your immigration status with police, and you do not have to answer questions about where you were born, or whether you are a U.S. citizen. If an officer requests immigration papers, you must show them. However, if you do not have immigration papers, you can tell officers that you wish to remain silent. Finally, you must never lie about your immigration status and never show an immigration officer fake documents.

If you are arrested, you should ask to speak to a lawyer. If an immigration officer tries to speak to you before your lawyer arrives, it is important to tell them that you wish to remain silent.

If you are taken into custody with ICE, you have the right to ask to speak to an immigration lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky like the O’Brien Law Group. Unlike criminal charges, where you are entitled to have a lawyer appointed to defend you, in immigration matters, you may not be entitled to free legal assistance. In this case, you may need to hire a lawyer to protect your rights. Do not sign any voluntary departure or stipulated removal forms. Doing so could lead to your removal or the loss of your ability to fight a deportation.

The Seattle Globalist also notes some other important rights that individuals should consider. If ICE knocks on your door, you are not required to open the door. You only have to open the door if they have a warrant. You can ask the officers to pass the warrant under the door and inspect it for validity.

If you are facing questioning or detention by ICE, it is important to remember that you have rights. When in doubt, tell officers that you choose to remain silent and that you want to call your immigration lawyer. The O’Brien Law Group are Louisville, Kentucky deportation lawyers who work with individuals and families facing immigration challenges. Our firm may be able to help you fight your deportation or detention. If you are concerned that you may face detention or deportation, contact us today to learn more about your rights.

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