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Will ICE Raids Begin in Atlanta on Sunday? Know Your Rights

The President’s proposed ICE raids that were previously scheduled for July 4, 2019, are now rumored to start this Sunday, July 14, 2019.

This enforcement action could impact 2,000 or more families in ten major cities, including:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia

  2. Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

  3. Chicago, Illinois

  4. Denver, Colorado

  5. Houston, Texas

  6. Los Angeles and San Diego, California

  7. Miami, Florida

  8. New Orleans, Louisiana

  9. New York City, New York

  10. San Francisco, California

The Atlanta immigration attorneys at Antonini & Cohen have learned that the Atlanta ICE office has rented approximately 40 vans from a car rental company for operations to begin this weekend.

Since ICE is using rental vans rather than official ICE vans, individuals will not be able to know when ICE vehicles are in their neighborhoods. You may only see rental vans from a rental car agency.

We would like to remind the community of your rights if ICE comes to your home or place of work:

1. ICE may not enter your home unless they have a “warrant.”

A warrant is a document issued by a court or government agency. There are two types of warrant—one for when they are coming to arrest you, and another for when they have permission from a judge to search your home. ONLY a judge can issue the type of warrant that allows ICE to enter your home without your permission. ICE can issue civil warrants, but they need your permission to enter your home.

If an officer knocks on your door, do not open it. Ask the officer through the closed door to identify himself. You can say, “Who are you with?” or “What agency are you with?”