Atty. Tancinco reminds undocumented immigrants living in fear to remember constitutional rights, talk to attorneys
Joining BA via Skype to talk about the recent immigration raids, and what undocumented kababayans can do in a tense situation, is Pinoy Panawagan counsel Attorney Lou Tancinco from Burlingame, CA.
Atty. Tancinco says that the recent nationwide arrests “are collateral” and a part of the “immigration sweep of ICE [Immigration and Customers Enforcement] officials” targeting undocumented criminals.
“Collateral arrests,” Tancino defines, are where immigrants without proper legal documentation are also at the time and place of the ICE operations, “and ICE had to take them into custody as well.”
She advises undocumented kababayans and their families affected by President Trump’s broad immigration policies to “take time to contact their attorney(s), sit down and discuss with them, face their fears, and find out if there are still ways to legalize their stay.”
“In the worst case scenario immigrants are taken into custody through the collateral arrests,” she adds, “don’t forget to contact your attorney, because you are still entitled to a hearing. You are also allowed to be released on a bond, if eligible.”
“You are not targeted for enforcement, unless you are at the wrong place and wrong time,” she reminds vulnerable kababayans.
As for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, the lawyer reminds them “Unless there are [unlawful] circumstances, all DACA recipients should not fear about being apprehended by ICE.”
Those arrested in an immigration raid should stay calm in the situation, and remember your constitutional right to counsel, and a phone call to your attorney.
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