Immigration and Customs Enforcement

What to do if an ICE agent approaches you at home or in public

What to do if an ICE agent shows up at your door

Don't open the door but be calm. You have rights.

Ask what they are there for. Ask for an interpreter if you need one.

If they ask to enter, ask if they have a warrant signed by a judge. If they do, ask them to show it to you through a window or slipped under the door.

If they do NOT have a warrant signed by a judge, you may refuse to let them in. Ask them to leave any information at your door.

If they force their way in, don't resist. Tell everyone in the residence to remain silent.

If you are arrested, remain silent and do not sign anything until you speak to a lawyer.

NOTE: An ICE administrative warrant (form I-200, I-205) does not allow them to enter your home without your consent.

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What to do if an ICE agent approaches you in public.

What to do if an ICE agent approaches you in public.

It could be outside a courthouse, on the street or even on a bus.

When ICE agents arrest someone in public, it typically happens quickly. They may call your name out loud and ask you to confirm your name and then detain you.

Before you say your name or anything else, ask, “AM I FREE TO GO?”

If they say YES: Say, “I don’t want to answer your questions” or “I’d rather not speak with you right now.”

Walk away.

If they say NO: Use your right to remain silent! Say, “I want to use my right not to answer questions” and then “I want to speak to a lawyer.”

If ICE starts to search inside your pockets or belongings, say, “I do not consent to a search.”

DON’T LIE or show false documents. Don’t flee or resist arrest.

Don’t answer questions about your immigration status or where you were born. They will use any information you provide against you.

Do not hand over any foreign documents such as a passport, consular IDs, or expired visas.

If you are in Criminal Court for a court date, ask to speak to your defender before they take you away.

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