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If ICE Knocks on Your Door, Know Your Rights!

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ICE Agents are Not the Police

ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and they are an extension of the Federal Government’s Department of Homeland Security. ICE agents are not the police, but they may tell you they are. If they knock on your door, practice the following tips to ensure the protection of your rights.


  1. Do NOT open the door. Remain calm and polite.
  2. Tell the agents you want to see a warrant – and ask them to slip the document underneath your door. Without a warrant signed by a Judge, ICE is not allowed to enter or search your home. Look carefully at the documents presented, read it through and take photographs. If they refuse to show you any documents, ask them for their business card and contact information.
  3. Do not say anything other than, “I do not give you consent to search my home. I do not want to talk to you without a lawyer present. Please leave!”  
  4. If ICE enters with force despite having said the above statement – take notes on the encounter. This information may help you with immigration proceedings later on.
  5. Be prepared! Have a plan if a family or friend is arrested or detained by ICE. If a family or friend has been arrested or detained, you can locate them at the following website, htttps:// locator.ice.gov.
  6. You never know when you will need an experienced immigration attorney – store 1-800-529-5465 in your phone to reach the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, P.C.


Watch the video below to hear more information on this topic from the immigration department at the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, P.C.

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