If ICE comes to your home
- Do not open the door
ICE cannot enter your home unless they have a warrant signed by a judge.If they say they have a warrant, ask them to slip it under the door. If ICE has a valid warrant, they will come in.
- Remain calm and silent
Anything you say or do can be used against you. Remain calm (do not yell, fight, try to run) and silent. Do not answer any questions, and ask for an interpreter if you do not understand the language. Under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, you have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself.
- Do not sign anything
Do not sign anything that ICE gives to you. Ask to have documents translated.
- Record and report
If you witness someone being detained by ICE, take photos, and write down other relevant information from a safe distance. Immediately after, call the Immigrant Defense Project’s hotline to report the raid and find out if the person/s will be eligible for an attorney.
Print our brochure and keep it at home in case of an ICE raid.
If you are stopped by a police officer or an ICE agent on the streets
Ask: “AM I FREE TO GO?”
→ If they say “YES,” walk away slowly. If they say “NO,”
→ Ask: “AM I BEING DETAINED?” If they say “YES” you are detained, do not resist.
→ Say: “I WANT TO EXERCISE MY RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT” and then say “I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY”
You should only say your legal name. Be sure NOT to give any other information or show any false documents.
Our friends at the Immigrant Defense Project have several downloadable brochures with more detailed information.