No matter who is President, everyone living in the US has certain basic rights under the US Constitution, including undocumented people.
If ICE comes to your workplace, you have the right to remain silent and under no circumstances should you share your immigration status with your employer or ICE agents.
You also have the right to refuse to sign anything without advice from an attorney.
If you observe ICE agents at your workplace, please report it immediately to our union’s Member Resource Center at 866-933-7348. If it is after hours, please leave a message.
Scroll below to see resources from our partners at ICIRR (Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights) — and from iAmerica.org.
Call the Family Support Hotline! Toll-free hotline offers help to Illinois families facing deportation: 1-855-435-7693
The hotline is staffed in English, Spanish, Polish , Arabic and Korean.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION COMES TO YOUR WORKPLACE
DON’T RUN Stay calm and don’t run. Running may be seen as an admission of guilt.
DON’T CARRY FALSE DOCUMENTS Providing false documents to ICE may result in deportation and criminal charges.
DON’T INTERFERE WITH ICE AGENTS Interfering with ICE agents during a workplace raid may expose you to criminal charges.
DON’T SIGN ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO SIGN OR DON’T UNDERSTAND Think twice before signing anything without talking to a lawyer. Signing a paper may end up being an agreement to voluntarily leave the United States. Consulting with a lawyer before signing anything is the best way to protect your rights.
THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT You have the constitutional right to remain silent and to refuse to answer questions. If you want to exercise your right to remain silent, show ICE your Know Your Rights card.
KEEP IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS WITH YOU Keep the phone number of your union and legal services provider with you.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OR THE POLICE COME TO YOUR DOOR
STOP AND THINK TWICE WHEN SOMEONE COMES TO YOUR DOOR You’re not normally required to open the door to anyone. Immigration and the police can’t come into your home without a warrant signed by a judge.
REMAIN SILENT You have the right to remain silent. Immigration can use anything you say against you.
STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN Use your phone to take photos and notes about the raid, but stay calm and do not run.
ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING Do not sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. A lawyer who knows deportation defense may be able to help you fight your case.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OR THE POLICE STOP YOU OUTDOORS
REMAIN SILENT If asked, you should give your name. But you still have the right to remain silent about everything else. Immigration can use anything you say against you.
STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN Use your phone to take photos and notes about the stop, but stay calm and do not run.
ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING Don’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.