What to do if someone threatens to call ICE on you

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Immigration |

In the United States, facing the threat of someone calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement can be a daunting experience, especially for immigrants. This threat can lead to uncertainty, fear and anxiety about potential consequences, including deportation or separation from loved ones.

Being proactive and understanding your rights will help you navigate this challenging situation.

Stay calm

When confronted with a threat to call ICE, it is important to remain calm. Take the time necessary to assess the seriousness and the intentions of the person making it. Try not to overreact, but carefully make a determination about the likelihood of the person carrying out their threat.

Know your rights

Knowing your rights when ICE is present is important. Regardless of your immigration status, you have the right to remain silent and not provide answers to questions about your status or citizenship. You also have the right to refuse a search of your belongings or home without a warrant signed by a judge.

Seek support

Reach out to trusted friends, family members or community organizations for support.

Document the encounter

If someone threatens to call ICE on you, document the encounter. Write down who said what and any witnesses present. This information may be useful if legal action becomes necessary.

Reach out for assistance

Consider reaching out to reputable sources, such as nonprofit organizations or immigration advocacy groups. They can offer guidance on what to do and how to proceed in your particular situation.

Being aware of your rights and options empowers you to make informed decisions when someone threatens to call ICE on you.