What to do if the Police or immigration Agents come to your Home

If the police or immigration agents come to your home, you do not have to let them in unless they have certain kinds of warrants. Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to the window so you can inspect it.  A search warrant allows police to enter the address listed on the warrant, but officers can only search the areas and for the items listed.  An arrest warrant allows police to enter the home of the person listed on the warrant, if they believe the person is inside.  A warrant of removal /deportation l(ICE warrant) does not allow officers to enter a home without consent.

Even if officers have a warrant, you have the right to remain silent.  If you choose to speak to the officer, step outside and close the door.

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What to do if you are Stopped by Law Enforcement

Your Rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent.  IF you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
  • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
  • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
  • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested.  Ask for one immediately
  • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.

Your Responsibilities

  • Do stay calm and be polite
  • Do not interfere with or obstruct the police
  • Do not lie or give false documents
  • Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
  • Do remember the details of the encounter
  • Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been Violated.