Attorney Maha Khalil spoke at a recent town hall panel in Houston to assure
those in the Hispanic and Muslim communities that they should not be afraid
to go to the police and report crimes they are victims of. At this panel,
attended by a crowd of more than 100, Houston Police Department Chief
Art Acevedo made mention that the number of Hispanics reporting violent
crimes have dropped significantly, including a 42.8% reduction in rape
reports over the first three months of the year.
The message of the panel was to encourage Houston residents that undocumented
status would not prevent them from using the police. Mayor Sylvester Turner
stated "HPD is not ICE and we don't seek to be ICE. In this city
we don't profile. We're not going to do that." This comes
on the heels of proposed legislation from the Trump administration that
would make it a crime to abuse a federal benefit program, particularly
by those who are not in the country legally.
While Acevedo made sure to mention that many of the rumors about growing
numbers of immigration raids on homes is false, Attorney Khalil discussed
immigrants’ rights in the event ICE were to show up at their door.
For starters, you do not need to open your door if the officer does not
have a warrant. Likewise, all immigrants have the right to remain silent
and the right to an interpreter before answering any questions. She strongly
advised immigrants to use these rights.
If you need assistance with an immigration issue, call
The Modi Law Firm now! Whether you or your family are threatened with deportation, or you
need assistance obtaining a visa in order to seek work legally, you should
not face the difficult and stressful immigration process alone. Our Houston
immigration lawyers have helped hundreds of clients seek a successful
resolution to their case, and can advocate for you in an aggressive and
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