ICE is Here (on the street, in court, in a car)

What should I do?

  • Before you say your name or anything else, ask, “AM I FREE TO GO?”

    • If they say YES: Say, “I don’t want to answer your questions” or “I’d rather not speak with you right now.” Walk away.

    • If they say NO: Use your right to remain silent! Say, “I want to use my right not to answer questions” and then “I want to speak to a lawyer.”

  • If ICE starts to search inside your pockets or belongings, say, “I do not consent to a search.”

  • DON’T LIE or show false documents. Don’t run or resist arrest.

  • Don't answer any questions, even if ICE is only confirming your name or identity.

  • Don’t answer questions about your immigration status or where you were born. They will use any information you provide against you. Do not hand over any false or foreign documents such as a passport, consular ID, or expired visa.

Your rights: You have the right to remain silent and not answer questions about your criminal or immigration history.  In New York, you do not have to provide identification but providing identification may not prevent your arrest.

If you are not under arrest, you can leave immediately. You have the right to refuse a search beyond a pat-down for “officer safety.”