ICE Encounter Tips
This guide provides assistance to individuals who have been or will be in contact with Immigration & Customs Enforcement due to their immigration status.
ICE GenerallyImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) has the power to detain an inadmissible or deportable alien and remove/deport the alien if such determination has been made.
When an individual has been given a Notice to Appear, often they are required to appear before an ICE officer at their regional headquarters at designated times. Further, after an individual has been ordered deported, they are required to appear before an ICE officer.
Do not open the doorIf ICE comes to your place of residence, you are not required to open the door to them and let them enter the premises. Instead, you can inquire into their reason for coming.
Request documentation for basis of entryIf the ICE officers continue to insist on entry into your premises, ask to view the warrant that a Judge signed. Do not open the door to view the warrant, but request that the officer slips it through the door or show you through a window. Note that the warrant MUST be signed by a Judge and and ICE Warrant (Form I-200 or Form I-205) does not allow them entry into your home without your consent. If there is no warrant, do not allow entry as you are not legally required to do so. Instead, ask the officer to leave a note at the door with the basis for their visit. If the officer uses force to enter, do not resist their attempts but remain silent and calm.
Do not sign anythingUnless you have an attorney present or has reviewed the paperwork that the officer is requesting that you sign, do not sign or initial any paperwork. Ask to speak to your attorney in such an instance, particularly if you are detained.