Know Your Rights

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All over the country, there is talk of the increasing number of ICE raids over the past few years. When someone is arrested by ICE, it may lead to their removal from the U.S., or it may not. This uncertainty leads to fear in immigrant communities, and it is extremely important that people who may be subject to detention and removal are familiar with their rights. 

For those who are not trained in the law, it's hard to imagine what advice to give vulnerable populations. Immigrant rights groups are working to train undocumented immigrants to ask to see warrants, and caution them not to let agents into their house if the warrant is not signed by a judge. They also counsel immigrants to remember they have the right to remain silent and to ask to speak to an attorney before answering questions.

If you know anyone who is fearful of removal from the country, advise them to seek professional advice from an immigration lawyer. The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a nonprofit agency that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. ILCM also works to educate Minnesota communities and professionals about immigration matters, and advocates for state and federal policies which respect the universal human rights of immigrants . Check out their website at, and access the free resources that they have for immigrants and educators.

Want to learn more about this topic? Read MPR's article: Legal Advice if You're Approached by Immigration Immigrants

Please share the attached documents, which include a Family Preparedness Plan, Flyers, and a Know Your Rights handout with members of your community. These materials were created and shared by Heide Spruck Wrigley from Literacywork International.

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