(AILA) Immigrations: It Is important To Know Your Rights If ICE Visits Your Home
Everyone living in the United States, including undocumented migrants, have certain U.S. Constitutional rights. If you are undocumented and immigration (ICE) agents knock on your door, know that you have the following rights:
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OPEN THE DOOR UNLESS A VALID SEARCH WARRANT SIGNED BY A JUDGE IS PRESENTEDAn ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant. If this is the only document they have, they cannot legally come inside unless you verbally agree to let them in.
If the officers say they have a search warrant signed by a judge, ask them to slide it under the door or hold it up to a window so you can see it.
If the warrant does not have your correct name and address on it and is not signed by a judge you do not have to open the door or let them inside.
If at any point you decide to speak with the officers, you do not need to open the door to do so. You can speak to them through the door or step outside and close the door.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT, AND NOT ANSWER IMMIGRATION OFFICER QUESTIONSIf you are asked where you were born or how you entered the United States, you may refuse to answer or remain silent. o If you choose to remain silent, say so out loud.
You may show a know-your-rights card to the officer that explains that you will remain silent and wish to speak to a lawyer.
You may refuse to show identity documents that say what country you are from.
Do not show any false documents and do not lie.