KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: What to do if ICE Knocks on Your Door
June 22, 2019
Donald Trump and his administration are threatening mass round-ups of people with removal orders who remain in the country. Whether these "pre-dawn raid" will or won't actually happen come Sunday morning, one thing is clear: Trump has given us enough evidence over the past 2 years to take him seriously. These threats, whether or not they become reality, is a means to terrorize families around the country this weekend.
Do you know your rights if ICE knocks on your door, or surrounds your house, or wants to arrest you or your loved ones? Whether you are in the country legally or not, on U.S. soil, you have rights. These are some:
Do NOT open the door. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OPEN YOUR DOOR.
Ask if they have a warrant.
If yes, ask to see the warrant. They can slip it under the door or hold it up to a window.
If they can't produce a warrant, advise them they need one and you will be contacting your lawyer.
If they have one, review the document. Who issued it? A court or Immigration? This matters. Does the document look legitimate and valid? It must have your correct name and address.
If a judge signed it, you need to let them inside. If a judge didn't sign it, it is not a search warrant and you do not have to let them inside.
If issued and signed by ICE, it is likely an arrest warrant. Go outside to talk to them. DO NOT LET THEM INSIDE THE HOUSE.
Be careful not to consent to letting them inside. "Can we come in?" should be responded to with "I need to see the search warrant first." If you say "yes" you appear to be consenting to enter and search the premises.
Do not SIGN any documents.
You have a right to speak to an attorney. If you are concerned you may become subject to these raids, line up an immigration attorney now.
National Immigration Law Center has prepared the following information. You can find this document and more here