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
- 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 asearch 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 theminside.
- 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 outsideand 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
- If you choose to remain silent, say so outloud.
- 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 notlie.
- You have the right to speak to a lawyer. If you are detained or taken into custody, you
have the right to immediately contact a lawyer.
- Even if you do not have a lawyer, you may tell the immigration officers that you want to speak toone.
- If you have a lawyer, you have the right to talk tothem. If you have a signed Form G-28, which shows you have a
lawyer, give it to anofficer.
- If you do not have a lawyer, ask an immigration officer for a list of pro bonolawyers.
- You also have the right to contact your consulate. The consulate may be able to assist you in locating
- You can refuse to sign any/all paperwork until you have had the opportunity to speak to alawyer.
- If you choose to sign something without speaking to a lawyer, be sure you understand exactly what the
document says and means before you sign it.