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Potential ICE Raids: Know Your Rights

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**Updated July 14, 2019

If you or your family members are impacted by ICE Raids, please call the Colorado Rapid Response Network for assistance 1-844-864-8341 

There have been widespread reports this past weekend that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may conduct raids throughout major cities in the United States, including Denver. The raids may target individuals who have been ordered removed/deported but remained in the United States.

It is vital that anyone who may be affected know his/her rights if confronted by ICE.

Do not open your door for ICE officers. Instead, ask the officers from inside your home if they have a warrant and, if so, to slip it under your door for your review. A warrant of removal/deportation (Form I-205) is not an arrest warrant and does not allow ICE officers to enter your home without your consent. If the officers do not have an arrest warrant signed by a judge, state that you do not consent to their entry.

If confronted by ICE, do not resist or run. Remain calm and polite. Keep your hands where the officers can see them.

Identify yourself and then remain silent. You have the right to remain silent after providing your legal name and valid photo identification to ICE officers. Tell the officers out loud that you are exercising your right to remain silent and then do not answer their questions or provide any information about your immigration status or history.

Take notes. Take photos and videos where possible, write down the names of ICE officers and their badge numbers, and record all of the details of any encounters with ICE.

Do not lie, provide false documents, or sign anything. Do not lie about anything, especially your immigration status. Do not give a false name or documents to ICE officers. Do not sign any documents.

Ask to speak to an immigration attorney immediately. If you are detained by ICE, you have the right to call you attorney or family member. Be sure to contact your attorney or family member as soon as possible.

Make a plan with your family. Prepare a form or document that authorizes another adult to care for your minor children, if applicable. Keep your alien registration number ("A number") and immigration paperwork in a safe place that a family member can easily access. Consult with a qualified immigration attorney as soon as possible and keep his/her contact information on you at all times.

If you are a current client of Kolko & Casey, P.C. and ICE has contacted or arrested you or your family member, please call our office immediately at (303) 371-1822. If you are not a current client, please call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys to evaluate your or your family member’s case.

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