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Si Llega ICE A Tu Puerta * If ICE Is At Your Door

Gracias a United We Dream por esta lista de derechos y recomendaciones si acaso llega ICE a tu Puerta.


La migra solo puede entrar a tu casa con una orden de arresto emitida por un juez de la corte criminal, o si tu le abres la puerta. Dígale al oficial que pase la orden de arresto bajo la puerta o que la enseñe tras una ventana. ¡No abras la puerta!


La migra puede y usará cualquier cosa que digas en contra ti mismo en tu caso de inmigración. Es importante que te mantengas callado/a y hablar con un abogado. Simplemente dile al oficial de inmigración: “Quiero ejercer mi derecho bajo la quinta enmienda y decido mantenerme callado/a hasta que hable con mi abogado.”


Muchas veces, La Migra tratará de engañarte y hacerte firmar tu propia deportación. Esto se conoce como una ‘Voluntary Departure’ o ‘Deportación Voluntaria’. NO FIRMES NADA que te den sin hablar con un abogado primero.


Es importante tomar fotos y grabar video con tu celular a no ser que estes en propiedad del gobierno federal. Toma notas detalladas de números de placa, cantidad de oficiales, la hora, tipo de autos que usaron, y exactamente que paso. Reportantdo esta informacion nos ayudará a determinar si cualquier violación de derechos ocurrió en parte de la migra y también ayudará a exponer las tácticas manipuladoras que utiliza la migra para redondear y deportar a los inmigrantes.


United We Dream tiene una línea directa llamada MigraWatch para que nuestra comunidad pueda reportar la actividad de la migra. Haga su reporte llamando nuestra línea directa al 1-844-363-1423.


Consigue un abogado de confianza y exploren todas las opciones para pelear su caso. Si es detenido/a, recuerde que tal vez pueda conseguir una fianza – no pierda la esperanza. Visite nuestros, compañeros, IMMI, para encontrar ayuda legal gratis o de bajo costo cerca de usted.


Otra manera de pelear tu caso, es unirte a una comunidad que está tras usted. Como la organización mas grande de la nación dirigida por jóvenes inmigrantes, United We Dream ha ayudado parar cientas de deportaciones. Manda un mensaje de texto que diga NosQuedamos al 877877 para luchar junta/o nosotros.


1) Do Not Open Your Doors.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot come into your home without a warrant signed by an immigration court judge. With your door shut, ask them to slide the signed warrant under the door or push it up against a window. They cannot come in unless you let them.

2) Exercise Your Right To Remain Silent.

I.C.E can and will use anything you say against you in court. It’s important for you to remain silent and ask to speak to your attorney. Simply tell the immigration officer: “I am exercising my fifth amendment right and choosing to remain silent until I speak to my attorney”.

3) Do Not Sign Anything Before Speaking to an Attorney.

Many times, I.C.E. and Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P.) will attempt to trick and make you sign your own deportation. This is also known as a voluntary departure. Do NOT sign anything that they give you without first speaking to an attorney.

4) Record Your Encounter.

It’s important to take photos and record video on your phone unless you are on federal government property. Take detailed notes of badge numbers, amount of agents, time, type of cars they used, and exactly what happened. Reporting this information will help us determine if any rights violation was made on behalf of the immigration agency and help us expose their rouge, manipulative tactics that they use to round up and deport immigrants.

5) Report Your Encounter.

United We Dream runs a hotline called the MigraWatch Hotline for people to report activity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E), Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P), or any other immigration agencies. Report the activity by calling this hotline at 1-844-363-1423.

6) Get Help.

Get a trustworthy attorney and explore all options to fight your case. If detained, remember that you might be able to get bail – don’t lose hope. Visit our partners, IMMI, to find free or low-cost legal help near you.

7) Fight Back.

Another way to fight back, is to join a community that has your back. As the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country, United We Dream has helped stop hundreds of deportations. Text HereToStay to 877877 to fight back alongside us.

Credit:  United We Dream


Are You Angry? Vote!

There’s no doubt that Saturday night I was as upset as most others after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. One can either have faith in the criminal justice system or not, but it is safe to say that most of those on the angry and disappointed side of this case are questioning the entire system, and not just juries (as some of my lawyer friends seem to think) in one individual case.

I won’t bother rehashing my interpretation of whatever evidence I saw when I was tuned in to CNN hoping for the news to be showing. But I will say this: If you want a change in the way courts are managed, in the way district attorneys commit to some cases and toss others to the side, and in the way juries are picked and instructed, then the only solution is to vote and stay involved.

If, like me, you have more of a fear of vigilantism and more outcroppings of armed civilian “neighborhood watch” programs, then vote and lobby your local and state elected officials to enact regulations for these type of programs. Don’t be railroaded with awful laws like “Stand Your Ground” and then complain after you didn’t vote or do enough to bring out the vote for elected officials who would fight against these laws. Stay involved.

Ultimately, it’s the vote.

As far as racism goes, we can’t do much about how adult individuals feel. The biggest mistake of liberals was that there was this thought that the election of Barack Obama somehow created a post-racial society. Far from it, obviously, whether one questions the existence of Tea Party politics or Obama’s deportation policies. The bottom line is that racism exists and it is more dangerous when unleashed through public policy. Vote! And stay involved!

The problem, then, becomes when that racism turns into public policy, especially under the guise of public safety or “personal defense.” The problem is when public officials incite fear in those who helped elect them by blaming everyone else and attacking others for crime, welfare (TANF, Medicaid, Medicare), Obamacare, women’s health care, unauthorized immigration, gay marriage, and other issues. The problem is when public officials incite hate in those who helped elect them to earn support for doing away with opportunity programs, such as the voting rights act, affirmative action, and the like. All in the name of their own self-victimization.

The solution is simple. Vote! And help get others out to vote! Stay involved!

Now, if you don’t vote, you may not lose the right to complain, but your voice surely won’t carry the same power as those who vote for those currently making policy–state legislatures and Congress. And when another Trayvon is stalked and murdered in the name of personal and neighborhood safety, we’ll be back to being angry all over again.

No one said democracy was easy, though. And those we elect may disappoint us for not fighting hard enough, delaying legislation in favor of other legislation, and copping to policy negotiations that may not get us the best policies, but while we can complain about the system, we must have faith in our individual votes. There’s always a “next” election in which we have the power, if only we realized our power as a people.

Are you registered to vote?

Did you move? If so, did you change your address on your voter registration certificate? Did you change the address on your driver’s license or state ID card?

You can find out how to get all of this done and truly become part of this democracy by going to VoteTexas.gov. Or drop me a message and I’ll send you to the right place.

There’s much more to discuss, obviously. But before we get to the nuances, let’s get back to being good citizens, get involved, register to vote, and make sure you stay registered! And stay involved.