What to do if ICE comes to your door.

by | Mar 25, 2024 | IMMIGRATION LAW

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes to your house, it’s crucial to understand your rights to ensure your safety and protect yourself. Here’s what you should know:

Remain Calm: If ICE comes to your house, try to remain calm. Panic or resistance could escalate the situation.

Ask for Identification: You have the right to ask for identification from the ICE officers. They should provide their names and badge numbers.

Do Not Open the Door: Unless the ICE officers have a warrant signed by a judge, you are not obligated to open the door. Ask the officers to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to a window for you to inspect.

Examine the Warrant: If the officers have a warrant, examine it closely. Make sure it is signed by a judge and specifically names you or another resident of the house. ICE administrative warrants (form I-200 or I-205) are not the same as warrants signed by a judge (form I-200 or I-205). You are not required to open the door for administrative warrants. Only warrants signed by a judge allow ICE to enter your premises without your consent.

Remain Silent: You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer any questions about your immigration status or anything else. You may choose to say, “I am exercising my right to remain silent. I would like to speak to my attorney.”

Request an Attorney: If you are arrested, you have the right to request an attorney. You may want to have the contact information of an immigration attorney readily available.

Do Not Sign Anything: Do not sign any documents without understanding what they are and without consulting an attorney.

Do Not Lie: Lying to ICE officers can have serious consequences. It’s best to remain silent if you’re uncomfortable answering any questions.

Keep Records: If possible, document the encounter. Write down details such as badge numbers, names, and any actions taken by the officers.

Notify Someone: If you are being detained, try to notify a family member, friend, or attorney as soon as possible.

Seek Legal Help: After the encounter, it’s advisable to seek legal assistance from an immigration attorney. They can advise you on your rights and the best course of action.

Remember that these rights apply to everyone in the United States, regardless of their immigration status. It’s essential to know and assert your rights to protect yourself in any encounter with law enforcement, including ICE.

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