Quick tips for immigrants who come into contact with ICE Agents in their homes.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OPEN THE DOOR
A deportation warrant is different than a search warrant. If ICE comes to your house with a deportation warrant, you do not have to open the door to let them in. They cannot legally go into your house unless you let them in. If they say they have a SEARCH WARRANT, ask them to slide it under the door. A valid SEARCH WARRANT must have your name, address, and must be signed by a judge. If it does not have all these 3 things, you do not have to open the door.
You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to refuse to speak to immigration officers or answer any questions. If you are asked where you were born or how you entered the US, you can refuse to answer. If you choose to remain silent, say it out loud, "I choose to remain silent. I want to speak to a lawyer". You can also refuse to show identity documents showing where you are from. If you choose to show your documents, do not show anything that is false and do not lie.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK TO A LAWYER
Although you have the right to speak to a lawyer, the government does not have to provide one to you. Nevertheless, you can still ask for a list of pro bono lawyers if you don't have one. You can also contact your consulate and ask for assistance with a lawyer. You can refuse to sign any documents until you speak to a lawyer. If you choose to sign something, make sure you fully understand exactly what it says and what it means before you sign it.
MAKE A PLAN
Make a plan with your friends and family in case you are detained by ICE. Keep a list of phone numbers with you. However, assume that phone calls are recorded. Do not talk about your situation over the phone. Have a list of immigration lawyers you trust so you can call them if the need arises.
DO NOT RESIST ARREST
If you are placed under arrest, comply. Do not resist or try to run away.
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