If ICE arrives at your door, follow the following procedure:
- Remain silent and DO NOT OPEN your door. You are NOT required to open unless law enforcement presents a warrant issued by a court
- Remain silent and do not answer any questions. If arrested, request to have an attorney to discuss matters with
- Do not sign anything presented before consulting an attorney
- Remain calm and do not resist. Resisting arrest will result in criminal charges
- Film all your interactions with law enforcement.
If you are an immigrant under threat of deportation or the victim of mistreatment by the government, do not stay silent! Reach out to advocates and lawyers who will help to fight for your rights!
The American Civil Liberties Union can help protect your rights and defend you in court. Contact your local affiliate at https://www.aclu.org/about/affiliates
Additionally, we have partnered with immigration lawyers to provide affordable or free legal assistance to protect you in court.
Follow this link to find some in Sonoma County:
As an immigrant, you have more rights than is commonly perceived. Here are your rights REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS:
- You have the right to refuse consent to a search without a court-issued warrant. Police knocking at your door does not necessarily mean that you must open your door
- You have the right to film interactions with law enforcement
- You have the right to remain silent when asked questions by law enforcement. Do not answer any questions you feel uncomfortable answering.
- You have the right to speak to an attorney. Your attorney will keep everything you tell them confidential.
- You have the right to not sign anything that you do not wish to sign.
- You have the right to a lawyer, regardless of income or immigration status
See the following websites for more in-depth information on what to do:
You can also print out for free the following one-pagers or cards that summarize the information and have them with at all times.
Here is a comprehensive guide in