With President-Elect Trump about to take office, there is a significant amount of uncertainty in the immigrant community. Will all undocumented immigrants be deported or just those who have committed a crime? Will ICE come looking for a person even if their children are U.S. citizens? There are no easy answers to these questions. This is why we have previously encouraged everyone to speak with a knowledgeable immigration attorney about their legal status in the U.S. and how to potentially become a permanent resident (green card) or U.S. citizen.
Unfortunately, though, we recognize that many people do not have a path to legal status in this country. Despite a lack of options, it is still important for each and every person to remember that they still have rights in the U.S., even if they are undocumented. Please remember that if you are questioned, arrested or detained by the local police or an immigration officer, you have the following rights:
-To refuse to answer questions;
-To refuse to be searched, including your car or home;
-To make a phone call; and
-To speak to a lawyer.
These are your rights . . . and do not be afraid to exercise them.
Please do not hesitate to contact Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza if you would like to further discuss your personal immigration situation.