Tips if ICE Comes Knocking on your Door


President Trump has promised mass deportations and now ICE is set to carry out those plans. ICE is expected to target persons with final orders of removal, including families who crossed the border, persons who participated in the family case management program, and those who entered as minors who have turned 18.

Here are some frequently asked questions about detainment by ICE from The Florida Immigrant Coalition. Here’s how to protect yourself.

What Happens if ICE Knocks on Your Door?

  • DO NOT open your door.
  • Ask to see the judicial warrant, which can be slid under your door. It must have your correct name and address and be signed by a judge. If the document does not have that information, say that you do not authorize their entrance and that you will call your attorney.
  • Remain silent until you speak with your attorney.
  • DO NOT provide any information on your background, place of birth or when/how you came to the United States.
  • DO NOT sign any document that you don’t understand.

We recommend that you do not lie about your place of birth, how you got into the country or status.

What if I’m a Naturalized Immigrant? A Permanent Resident?

Naturalized immigrants or permanent residents can tell ICE their citizenship status, but they may be detained if they cannot immediately provide documents to prove it. It is recommended to keep relevant documents on your person, such as a permanent residence card or green card. If you don’t have documentation, stay calm and silent.

How to Find Someone Detained by ICE

Immigrants held in an ICE detention facility may be located using the agency’s Online Detainee Locator System. You can also telephone any Enforcement and Removal Operations field office.

Online searches can be done by A-number, a unique 9-digit number assigned to foreigners during immigration procedures, or by biographical information, which requires the name and surname of the immigrant detained as well as the detainee’s country and date of birth.