It is no secret that the U.S. government has been actively searching for undocumented immigrants in Florida and throughout the country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say it is part of their plan to find and remove immigrants who entered the United States without proper documentation according to U.S. immigration law. While ICE used to focus on places of business and other public areas when searching for undocumented immigrants, they have recently started showing up on people’s private doorsteps, unannounced.
Does a person have to answer the door when ICE officers pay an impromptu visit? Does a man or woman have to answer questions about legal status or other immigration issues? It is critical for every immigrant to know his or her rights and how to protect them, especially in situations where officials are questioning one’s ability to stay in the United States.
A teenager in another state was startled by a knock at her door at approximately 1 a.m. on a recent Sunday. She later said she recognized the people at the door as ICE agents, so she did not let them in when they asked to enter her home. Many people have told disturbing stories of similar situations where ICE officers used coercion or physical force and threats of violence or arrest someone or to gain entry to private residences.
A U.S. immigration law that applies in one situation may be irrelevant in another. This is why it is so important to know where to seek legal support if a problem arises. A Florida immigration law attorney is well-versed in such issues and can help a concerned immigrant determine what options are available to avoid deportation and challenge personal rights violations in court.