All people living in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, 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. You do not have to open the door or let the officers into your home unless they have a valid search warrant signed by a judge.
- An 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. You do not need to speak to the immigration officers or answer any questions.
- If you are asked where you were born or how you entered the United States, you may refuse to answer or remain silent.
- 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.