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Know Your Rights if ICE Visits Your Home


Perhaps one of the most frightening moment of many people’s lives is when ICE, also known as immigration agents, visit your home. That deafening knock can send shivers down your spine, as it can lead to a legal slippery slope. If ICE visits your home, there are a few specific practices you and your family should absolutely be aware of, in order to best protect yourselves until you have the proper legal representation, care, and counsel.  

If ICE visits your home, make sure you keep the following in mind:

  • You do not have to open the door. Unless the officers have a valid search warrant that has been signed by a judge, you do not have to allow them into your home--even if they have an ICE deportation warrant. This document, though legal, does not grant them the permission to come inside, unless you verbally allow them to. If the officers claim to have the document signed by the judge, asked them to slide it under the door before you let them in. You can also speak to the officers through the door or outside your home.
  • You have the right to remain silent, which our Phoenix immigration attorneys highly encourage. Anything you say can be used against you, especially if you show any false documents or lie. Refuse to answer anything without a lawyer present and notify the officers you will not being answering any questions.
  • If you are detained, immediately contact a lawyer. If you have a signed Form G-28, show the officers and contact your consulate. Do not sign anything.

Contact Our Phoenix Immigration Attorneys Today

At Kanu & Associates, P.C., we understand just how devastating it can be to have ICE visit your home, posing a threat to you and your family’s safety, wellbeing, and status in this country. This is why our Phoenix immigration attorneys want to be your best ally during this difficult time. We will advise you on your best course of action to ensure you are not left in the dark about your situation. Deportation, jail time, and hefty fines are not an option--we will fight tooth and nail for your rights.

Schedule an initial consultation with us today by calling (602) 353-7795.