Immigration officials offer advise as ICE raids loom nationally
GEORGETOWN, Del. – ICE raids are planned across the country this weekend, and it has many concerned about what their future holds, including here locally.
47 ABC spoke with officials from La Esperanza, who say the most important thing for people to remember is to know your rights. They say if you encounter an ICE agent, you should remain silent unless a lawyer is present. You must identify yourself with your name, but you do not have to answer any other personal questions.
If they attempt to search you, say that you do not consent to the search. But if you are arrested, remain calm and respectful. Officials say these raids have an adverse effect on communities.
“I think it’s a concern for everybody. We all know somebody who is in a situation like that, and I think it reduces the effect of, the polices effective broad scope of work,” said Sergio Fuentes, the community guide for La Esperanza. “Because I think people are less likely to come forward with problems that arise when they think that it’s going to put their family in direct danger.”
If you need help, La Esperanza is open to the public, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM.