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Do not open the door.
You are not legally required to let them in unless they have a warrant.
Ask why they are there.
If you don’t speak English, you have the right to an interpreter.
If they want to enter, ask to see a warrant.
There are two kinds of warrants: search and arrest.
- 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 listed is inside. A warrant of removal/deportation (ICE warrant) does not allow officers to enter a home without consent.
Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to the window, so you can inspect it.
They might show administrative forms (I-200 and I-205). But if they don’t have a warrant signed by a judge, you may refuse entry.
Check for signature by judge.
- If it’s a search warrant, make sure it is for your address; if not, you don’t have to open.
- If it’s an arrest warrant, make sure it is for someone who lives at your address; if not, you don’t have to open.
Even if officers have a warrant and you have to let them in, you have the right to remain silent.
Say: “I plead the Fifth Amendment and choose to remain silent.”
If they force their way inside, don’t resist.
Remain calm, but don’t share any information.
If you’re arrested, remain silent.
You’re entitled to speak to a lawyer before cooperating and most importantly, keep calm because YOU HAVE RIGHTS, EXERCISE THEM.