What migrant workers need to know if they get picked up by ICE

NEW JERSEY — In anticipation of International Migrants Day on December 18, Migrante New Jersey conducted a workshop focused on migrants workers’ rights, including what they need to know if they’re approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“Before you say your name, or anything else, ask them if you are free to go, if they say yes, then you can say I don’t want to answer your questions, I’d rather not speak with you right now,” said Melanie Dulfo of Migrante NJ.

Migrante New Jersey said that migrant workers who are detained by ICE, no matter their immigration status, have the right to remain silent and consult with a lawyer.

“It’s important for Filipinos and migrants to remember you don’t have to give them more ammunition that can be used against you.”

For those undocumented or facing deportation, Migrante encouraged them to make a plan – in case they are detained by ICE.

“A safety plan, and that includes knowing the numbers of your lawyer, knowing the number of an emergency contact.”

Dulfo also stressed that it is also important not to lie to ice agents and not to sign anything, unless advised by a lawyer.

Some of Migrante NJ’s members were also migrant workers who needed help at some point — and for Michael Aznar, it’s important to pay it forward.

“Na bigyan ko ng boses at information yung mga taong tulad ko para alam nila kung ano yung gagawin nila.”

“To give people a voice, as well as information, so they would know what to do.”

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  • Mario
    3 December 2019 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    The # 1 problem on Pinoys illegal alien, is our Kababayan Pinoys, they are friendly but will report your locations to ICE. Now if you get caught, who is going to pay your LAWYER, not all the time it is FREE. On the later part they will turn you in to ICE.