Who is ICE?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one of the federal government agencies responsible for deporting people. ICE is part of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Who is at risk of being arrested by ICE?

The law allows the federal government to deport certain immigrants, including anyone without lawful immigration status and people with status (i.e. lawful permanent residents, refugees and visa holders) who have criminal convictions. ICE agents usually identify the person they want to arrest ahead of time. Then they go to homes, courthouses, shelters, or workplaces to look for that person, and in
some instances may wait on the street to make the arrest.

Under the Trump Administration, ICE will focus on deporting:

  • People with pending criminal cases and/or prior criminal convictions
  • People with final orders of removal
  • People who have committed fraud/misrepresentation in applications to the
  • People they believe pose a threat to public safety or national security

People with legal status and prior convictions – be aware you may still be a target even if:

  • Your conviction is from years ago
  • You didn’t serve time in jail
  • Your case was minor or a misdemeanor
  • You’ve been an LPR for a long time
  • All the members of your family are US citizens

If I know I’m at risk, what can I do?

  • Make a plan with your loved ones in case you are picked up by ICE.

  • Avoid contact with Immigration: don’t apply to change your immigration status or renew your green card and don’t travel outside of the US without talking to a lawyer first.

  • Avoid contact with the Criminal Justice System (the police share your fingerprints with immigration.)

I know my basic rights and will uphold them:

  • If the police stop and frisk me, I have the right to say “I do not consent to this search”
  • If the police stop me anywhere, I have the right to ask “Am I being detained?” and “Am I free to go?”
  • I have the right to remain silent, and will not sign anything without first talking to an attorney.
  • I will not open my door and will not let the police come in unless they have a search warrant.
  • City agencies are not supposed to ask about my immigration status, unless it’s necessary to see if I qualify for certain benefits.
  • Police are not supposed to ask about my immigration status, unless it is relevant to their investigation.
  • If I am detained, I have the right to ask for a lawyer.

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If you want to report a raid within NYC, call the Immigrant Defense Project at:
If you want to report a raid outside of NYC, contact United We Dream at:

Know Your Rights Information courtesy of the Immigrant Defense Project and Legal Aid Society.