FBI/DHS – What do I do if the FBI or DHS request interview with me?
- What do I do if the FBI or DHS request interview with me?
- Who are the FBI/DHS and why do they want to interview me?
- If I agree to the interview, what are my rights?
- What should I do during the interview?
- You have the right to a lawyer before you meet with anyone from DHS or the FBI.
- You can decline the interview, but this may be viewed as suspicious in some cases.
- Note: If you receive any document from the FBI/DHS, we recommend you contact our office immediately.
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a government agency that is responsible for enforcing U.S. immigration laws and keeping the borders secure. DHS tries to keep communities safe by identifying people who are doing things that the U.S. government does not support, such as supporting organizations or people by sending money to groups overseas that the U.S. government does not support.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a government agency that monitors internal U.S. security and fights domestic and international terrorism.
- The FBI or DHS may interview asylum seekers or refugees with regard to general community engagement or something potentially concerning in your history before you came to the U.S. or since you came to U.S., and they need additional information.
- The FBI or DHS may ask you for one or multiple interviews; neither of these is necessarily a bad indication.
- You have the right to set the time and place for the interview.
- You have the right to find out the questions they will ask beforehand.
- You have the right to have an interpreter present. There are legal organizations in Houston that may be able to provide you a free interpreter.
Note:Note: There is NO automatic deportation – you have many due process and procedural rights, such as the right to attorney (not at government expense), the right to hearing, and more.
- Ask to see a badge or business card at the beginning of the interview.
- Ask the person for their name, title, agency, phone number, and email address. Write it down, and keep a record.
- Write down what was asked or discussed during the interview. You may also record the interview on your phone instead of keeping written notes.
- You have a right to refuse to hand over documents
- If you do not understand the question, seek clarification before answering.
- You have the right to answer only the questions you feel comfortable answering. No matter what, assume that everything you say is on the record.
- You can end the interview at any point if it becomes combative, you feel uncomfortable, or you want to speak to an attorney.
About the Law Office of Selina Alaniz
The Law Office of Selina Alaniz provides legal representation in the areas of criminal defense and immigration law matters. We understand that our clients come to us during difficult and challenging periods of life and we are dedicated to providing you with personalized attention and guiding you through every step of the way. We are committed to our clients and are ready to stand by your side.
The Law Office of Selina Alaniz is based in Houston and handles legal matters in surrounding counties and across the state of Texas along with immigration matters throughout the United States. At the Law Office of Selina Alaniz, we efficiently handle every client’s case with integrity and professionalism. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your particular legal needs.