Be prepared – recognize the warrants

The 4th Amendment of the Constitution protects against search, seizure, and arrest without probable cause and does not permit police or Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to enter homes without judicial warrants or consent. Judicial warrants can include arrest warrants (to arrest a specific person) or search warrants (to search a home, for example).

WARNING: It is very rare that ICE would be able to obtain a judicial warrant. ICE agents sometimes present a document that says “warrant” on it but is not a judicial warrant. In order to be prepared, here’s how to know the difference!

Administrative Warrant

  • Does not allow ICE entry!
  • Signed by an ICE supervisor and not by a judge
  • May have “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” at top

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Judicial Warrant

  • Allows ICE to enter the home
  • Signed by a Judge
  • Will have name of a state of federal court at the top such as “Supreme Court of the State of New York”

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