Know Your Rights
Everyone in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the United States Constitution. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has created some very useful cards so that immigrants know their rights to help defend themselves in different situations, including =when ICE agents go to a home.
The cards offer the following recommendations:
• DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR if an immigration agent is knocking on the door.
• DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS from an immigration agent if they try to talk to you. You have the right to remain silent.
• DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING without first speaking to a lawyer. You have the right to speak with a lawyer.
• If you are outside of your home, ask the agent if you are free to leave and if they say yes, leave calmly.
Examples of things to tell immigration officers if they come to your home:
• I do not wish to speak with you, answer your questions, or sign or hand you any documents based on my 5th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.
• I do not give you permission to enter my home based on my 4th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution unless you have a warrant to enter, signed by a judge or magistrate with my name on it that you slide under the door.
• I do not give you permission to search any of my belongings based on my 4th Amendment rights.
• I choose to exercise my constitutional rights.
You can find the cards to print out at home here: https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/documents/red_card-self_srv-english.pdf