Know your rights and stay safe!

ICE Encounters in Public, at Work and at Home:

  • You have the right to remain silent — you do not need to answer ICE agents questions or tell them your immigration status.
  • ICE CANNOT legally detain you without a warrant signed by a judge
  • ICE CANNOT legally enter your home without a signed warrant by a judge or your consent. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR!
  • DO NOT CONSENT if they DO NOT HAVE A WARRANT
  • Ask the ICE agents to slide the warrant (if they have one) under the door for you to review. If it is NOT a warrant signed by a judge and issued by a court, then they cannot legally enter your home.
  • If the warrant is signed by a judge, review the warrant carefully — review the date, address of your home, spelling of your name, etc. for any errors.

IF ICE Agents are at your door during Clinic business hours, call us immediately. If after hours, call ICIRR’s 24 Hotline at 1-855-435-7693

Create a Safety Plan Now

  • Choose an emergency contact person and memorize their phone number
  • Memorize your immigration number (A#) if you have one and give it to you emergency contact person
  • Give your child’s school or day care the emergency contact name, phone number and authorization to pick up your child
  • Provide authorization to your emergency contact to make medical and legal decisions for your child — Guardianship or Power of Attorney
  • Keep important documents in a secure location (passport, birth/marriage certificates, immigration papers, list of medications you take) and make sure your emergency contact knows how to access them
  • Keep a list of names and contact information for any lawyer that has or could represent you.

Know Your Legal Options

  • Get screened: Attend an open clinic at NS Legal Aid Clinic or consult a qualified attorney or DOJ accredited representative to learn about your immigration options.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, you may be eligible for a visa and green card.
  • People who fled persecution from their home country and/or are afraid of future persecution if they return to their home country may seek asylum in the United States
  • Minors (under 18) who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by at least one parent
  • Victims of Domestic Violence or Trafficking (Sex/Labor)
  • Persons with an immediate family member (parent, spouse, sibling) who is a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

Avoid Negative Encounters with Law Enforcement

  • Obey Traffic and Criminal Laws
    • Do not hang anything on your rearview mirror
    • Get headlights, brake lights fixed immediately
    • Keep car registration current
  • Carry a valid state ID and/or work permit
    • Get a TVDL if possible to use for identification
  • Do not carry false documents or identification
  • Do not carry identification documents from another country
  • Carry a card indicating that you wish to remain silent

Stay informed, stay safe and contact North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic.

IF ICE Agents are at your door during Clinic business hours, call us immediately. If after hours, call ICIRR’s 24 Hotline at 1-855-435-7693.

Monday through Friday: 9am to 5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

What to do when you encounter ICE

At work

Police stop

Front door