Collect Your Important Papers Before You Need Them September 14, 2018 | Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

If an immigration agent or police officer picks you up tomorrow, will you have quick access to essential legal documents? Will your family have important records such as school contacts and birth certificates? Can they contact your immigration attorney?

Preparing your family for the possibility that you could be arrested and detained will give you some peace of mind. Assembling necessary records and legal documents means your family won’t be scrambling around at the last minute to find them. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) has created a helpful checklist of information and documents for you to gather.

It is wise to keep contact information for your family members’ schools and workplaces with you in case you are detained. If you have an immigration attorney be sure to have that contact information with you as well.

Facility staff will collect your personal items when you go through the admissions process in a detention center, They are obligated to provide you with a receipt for each item. Do not let them collect any legal documents as personal property. You will need to retain easy access to them. If you are unable to keep the documents, ask the facility staff how you can access your legal material as you need it.

If you are an undocumented immigrant, you have a growing risk that you will come to the attention of an immigrations officer. In the past, getting arrested did not usually lead to long detentions. That is not the case in 2018. With that in mind, know what information you will need, and where you can find it. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Consulting an immigration attorney in advance can also prepare you for what to do if you are detained, and knowing you have someone to call can help you through the process if you are detained. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you and advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding. You can call us at (510) 756-4468 for a free evaluation of your circumstances.