Who is at my door?

What can I do if it is ICE?

Your rights: 

If the officers are ICE, they cannot enter your home unless they have a judicial warrant signed by a judge or if an adult who lives in the home lets them in. However, ICE almost never has a judicial warrant. ICE often has an administrative warrant, which is signed by an immigration official. This is not enough to enter your home without permission from an adult.

ICE may try to force their way into your home if you do open the door. You did not give ICE permission to enter your home just by opening the door. You have the right to remain silent and to not answer any questions.


What to do:

  • Try to stay calm. Be polite. Don’t lie.

  • Don’t open the door.

  • If you are unsure who is at the door, ask them to slip a card under the door and/or if they are local police. Remember: sometimes ICE tricks people & announces themselves as “the police.”

  • You can ask to see a warrant signed by a judge and request they slip it under the door. If they don’t have one, decline to let them in.

  • Say, “I don’t want you to come in. I don’t want to talk to you right now.”

  • If ICE officers entered your home, say “I don’t consent to you being in my home. Please leave.”

Don’t give information about yourself or loved ones. If they are looking for someone else, ask the officers to leave their contact information.