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What should I do If ICE Knocks At My Door?

By Michael Brooks-Jimenez

These are anguishing times for many who wonder - perhaps for the first time - what to do when immigration visits their home. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is not the same as the police, and your reaction if you visit it can make a big difference in what happens.

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What To Do If ICE Knocks At Your Door

Here's a set of professional tips in case ICE agents knock on your door. Print them, read them with your family, and make sure that everyone who lives in your home understands and are ready to follow these tips.

  1. First and foremost, remain calm.
  2. Do not open the door.
  3. Ask for the motive behind the visit. If you need an interpreter, this is the ideal time to ask for one.
  4. If they attempt to enter your home, ask them if they have an order signed by a judge, and ask  them to be show it through a window or pass it under the door.
  5. NOTE: An ICE administrative order, called form I-200 or I-205, DOES NOT authorize ICE to enter your home without your consent.
  6. If you do NOT have an order signed by a judge, do not allow them to enter. Calmly request that they leave any information by the door.
  7. If they enter by force, do not resist. Instruct everyone in the house to keep quiet.
  8. If you are arrested, keep silent, and do not sign anything until you talk to a lawyer.


If someone you know has been detained by ICE, call the offices of Michael Brooks-Jimenez for help.

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