Under the Trump administration, arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE) have skyrocketed. ICE agents are approaching immigrants on the street, at courthouses, at schools, and at their homes. Accordingly, it is more important than ever that you know your rights if an ICE agent approaches you and detains you. By insisting that ICE agents acknowledge and respect your rights, you can exercise those rights to your benefit in future deportation proceedings. If an ICE agent arrests you, you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to answer any questions from an ICE agent or any other personnel from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Even if ICE agents ask you what your name is and where you were born, you don’t have to answer. If you do decide to speak or answer any questions, you should be sure to tell the truth. Lying only will bring you trouble in the future. Additionally, you always should remember that anything that you say can be used against you in future deportation proceedings. You have the right to ask for a lawyer to help you instead of answering any questions or speaking with an ICE agent. You are not required to turn over your passport or consular documents to ICE agents, unless they have a warrant to take those items from you. You also are not required to sign any documents for ICE. Signing documents for ICE is never a good thing until you have consulted with an immigration attorney. If you sign documents that you don’t understand, you risk giving up important rights. By signing any documents, you also are giving ICE information that they will later use to deport you. If ICE arrests you and places you in deportation proceedings, you generally have a right to a hearing before an immigration judge. An ICE agent may try and convince you to bypass your right to a hearing by getting you to agree to voluntarily depart. Do not agree to anything that would eliminate your right to a hearing in immigration court. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients in the state of California who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. Fortunately, there are many remedies that may be available if you are detained and facing deportation charges. We will focus first on getting you out of detention pending removal proceedings. Next, we will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to achieve your goals. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.