In your home

Immigration and the police cannot enter your home without a warrant signed by a judge.  Tell the agent to slide the warrant under the door or show it through a window.


Remember: Make sure the warrant is signed by a judge. Make sure that the warrant includes your exact address, your name, or the name of someone who is in the house.

If the order has your name or the name of a person who is at that moment in the house, it is better if the person named in the order steps out so as the officers do not enter the house.


If the agent has no warrant with your address or the warrant does not have your name or the name of someone who is in the house at that moment, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR AND REPEATEDLY SAY THAT YOU DO NOT CONSENT TO THE SEARCH.

If the authorities enter without a warrant, ask for the agents’ names and badge numbers. Say again that you do not provide your consent to the authorities’ entrance.

While driving a car

Never carry a false document in your car.  Immigration or the police may search your car.

If you do not have a driver’s license, you can say that you do not have one.  You do not have a legal duty to show your passport.

Your right to remain silent

You only have the duty to reply if you are asked your name.  You have the right to remain silent and to not answer any other questions. Anything you say may be used against you. Ask if you are free to leave. If the answer is yes, leave calmly.

In the event of an arrest

If a person is arrested, someone who is free must call an attorney as soon as possible.

Memorize the phone number of an attorney or a person of your trust who is in the United States legally.  If you are arrested, assert your right to make a phone call.