Interacting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents is stressful for just about anyone, but especially nonimmigrant visa holders, legal permanent residents and people with no valid status.
Though ICE agents do have a lot of power, do not let fear get in the way of understanding what to do. It is important to understand what sort of rights you have if an ICE agent comes to your door.
Your right to remain silent
The U.S. Courts discuss Fifth Amendment activities and how they relate to ICE coming to your door. Know that in accordance with the U.S. Courts, you have a fundamental right to avoid self-incrimination via your right to remain silent.
Unfortunately, ICE officers may not inform you of this right, which is why it is crucial for you to already have an understanding of if. With this right in place, you do not legally have to discuss your immigration status with ICE officers, or any other information.
Your right to see your warrant
You also have the right to see your warrant. With a warrant, a law enforcement officer has the right to arrest a person or search a property. Even ICE agents cannot enter your home without a warrant unless you invite them inside.
Note that you do not have to consent to a search of your home if ICE agents try to get around not having a warrant by asking you to let them in.
By understanding your rights, you can better protect yourself from ending up abused by ICE agents.