As 2016 starts, we have been hearing reports about increased ICE enforcement efforts throughout the Southeast United States. A number of our clients have already contacted us concerned about how this increased enforcement will affect them and what they should do if stopped by ICE. Because we take your safety and your future very seriously, below is a link to a publication from the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) entitled “What To Do If You’re Stopped By Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI.” This publication describes your rights and responsibilities, including your right to remain silent, your right to refuse consent to a search, and the right to leave if not under arrest.
Always remember that, no matter what your immigration status, you have the same rights and protections in the United States as everyone else. That protection does not end if you are stopped or questioned by ICE. If you have any questions or concerns, you should always feel free to call my office at (423) 402-0608, or e-mail me at [email protected].