If you are an undocumented immigrant in the United States, you may feel that you are unable to live a full life because of the persistent worry about deportation or about being “found out.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deals with issues surrounding alleged illegal immigration.
If someone has threatened to report you to ICE, or you believe that you are at risk of being reported to ICE, it is important to know how to react. By being prepared and understanding your rights, you will be able to do what you can to protect yourself and your family.
You should remember that if someone threatens to report you to ICE, it may be an empty threat. They may do this out of resentment, anger or with the intention of instilling fear in you. Consider the context in which this threat was made, and don’t become too worried if it was made by someone who doesn’t even know you.
Responding to valid threats
If you believe that someone has reported you to ICE, you can protect yourself based on your rights. There are laws in place that prohibit certain people from asking about your immigration status. For example, school students are protected from being interrogated in this way. Therefore, if you think a public school teacher reported you, this may be an illegal act on their part.
There are many ways that you can gain protection against threats of being reported as an undocumented immigrant. By taking action to understand the law in Texas, you will be in a situation where you can assert your rights.