In urban areas around the country, immigrant advocacy organizations are conducting training for immigrants who are living in the country without legal status. The goal of these trainings is to minimize the potential negative effects that these immigrants may face when they encounter Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Generally referred to as “know your rights” trainings, advocates are hoping to better prepare immigrants for increased enforcement by ICE. Trainings have been held in New York City and El Paso, as well as in other geographic areas with high immigrant populations. These immigrant trainings are designed to give immigrants guidance about the amount of information that they are required to provide to ICE, in hopes of avoiding detention. Federal officials cannot deport individuals unless they can provide that the individuals that they are in the country without legal status. The bottom line is that even immigrants who have no legal status have constitutional rights that the government must observe. For instance, immigrants in this situation have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Likewise, immigrants are not required to answer questions from ICE officials, sign any legal documents, or even open the door for ICE officials. By exercising those rights, immigrants may be able to avoid detention and deportation. Furthermore, immigrants should take measures to prepare for the worst. For example, parents who are at risk of detention or deportation should have legal documents in place that allow a trusted friend or relative to look after their children. The skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country. These immigrants are constantly at risk for deportation by the U.S. government. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.