With Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, increasing enforcement action, it’s important to know what to do if ICE shows up in your neighborhood.
First, remember that ICE officers need a warrant to access your home. You are not required to open the door for the agents just because they ask. Instead, you should ask the agents to slip the warrant under the door. You should then check to see if the warrant (1) is signed by a judge; (2) has your name on it; and (3) is recent. Only if all of these things are true should you let the agent into your home.
Second, you have the right to remain silent! You do not have to answer the agents’ questions.
Third, you should not sign any documents presented to you by the agents. If the agents ask you to sign something, tell them that you won’t sign anything until you speak with a lawyer.
Finally, have an emergency plan, in case you are detained. Remember that you won’t have access to your cellphone if you are detained, so memorize important phone numbers. You should also make sure to choose a responsible adult who can take care of your children and help you during an emergency.