Understanding your rights before an ICE raid
Getting caught up in an immigration enforcement raid may terrify you, especially if you do not know how to handle it. Understanding a bit about your rights beforehand may help you get through it.
Regardless of your immigration status, you have legal rights in Kentucky and beyond. Discover some of the ways the federal laws protect you during an ICE raid.
You may remain silent
When any law enforcement agent stops you during a raid or otherwise, you have options. Other than giving your name, you do not have to answer questions, even if posed during an ICE raid. If you are driving a vehicle at the time of the stop, you may need to show your license, insurance and registration information if you have it.
You may have to show immigration papers
An agent may likely ask you about your immigration status. If you do not have citizenship, you may have to turn over any paperwork in your possession to the immigration agent. You want to carry a copy of these papers with you at all times.
You do not have to consent to a search
In an ICE raid, you do not need to consent to a search. The agents involved do not have the authority to search you or your possessions. They have to ask you to allow them to perform the search, but you may not have to consent.
Regardless of where you are in your journey to becoming a citizen, you have these and other fundamental rights and protections.