What do I do if ICE knock on my door?

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What do I do if ICE knock on my door?

What do I do if ICE officers knock on my door?
Am I legally obligated to open the door or can I
keep it shut? Can they enter my home?

Asked on February 24, 2017 under Immigration Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If ICE knocks on your door, do not let them in without first asking to see a warrant. Have them slide the warrant under the door and then read it carefully. If it was not signed by a judge or magistrate then you can refuse to let them in. However, if it was signed by a judge or magistrate, If the warrant appears valid, then ICE has the right to come in but make sure they only do what the warrant authorizes them to do (e.g. arrest a specific person, inspect the premises, etc.). During this time, do not answer any questions as volunteering information may increase the chances of being deported. And do not sign anything as you could agree to voluntary departure which means that you can be immediately deported. Most importantly, know that you have the right to an attorney, so tell ICE that you want to speak to your lawyer (and have their number on hand, so that you can call them in an emergency). 


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