What should I do in the event of a raid or immigration arrest?
Most constitutional protections apply to all immigrants, whether or not they have permission to be in the United States. This includes Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful searches and seizures. If immigration officials are requesting entry into your house, verify that they have a valid warrant signed by a judge. If you are stopped by immigration officials at work, be sure to ask them if are under arrest or if you are free to leave. You always have the right to remain silent until you are able to speak with an attorney.
For immigrants who fear that they could be subject to deportation through a raid or immigration arrest, it is extremely important to have a plan in place ahead of time. Make copies of important documents and keep them in a safe place. Talk with your friends and relatives. Make sure you know how to get in touch, and that you have a plan for managing childcare and personal property in your absence.