A recent news report states that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has entered into a contract with a vendor to access a license plate recognition database. The use of the recognition software will allow ICE to access motor vehicle registration lists, with the potential to lead to addresses and an increase in deportations, sparking discussion and fear amongst immigrants, both legal and illegal. The use of the technology has also raised questions as it may lead to illegal stops and searches.
So what should you do if you are stopped by an ICE officer in a vehicle? First, remain calm. Don’t run, argue, resist, or obstruct the police. Let the officer know that you wish to remain silent, and wish to speak with an attorney. You do not need to consent to a search of your person or belongings, but understand that if the police have reasonable suspicion, they may search even without your consent.
If you are asked about your immigration status, you again have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer questions about your immigration status, where you were born, or whether you are a U.S. Citizen. Please note that different rules apply at international border crossings, and for persons here on tourist/business visas. Under no circumstances should you have or produce fake papers or identification, or lie to the officer about your status. If you are a legal immigrant, you should show them to an immigration officer upon request.
Information contained in this blog was obtained from the following sources: The Verge, The Miami Herald, American Civil Liberties Union, CNN
© January 31, 2018 by Madhurima B. Paturi, Esq. All rights reserved.