In the United States, every person—whether documented or undocumented—has the constitutional right to remain silent and to refuse to answer questions of the police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), whether on the street, in a car, or at home.
Under the law, the ICE must have proof you are not from the United States to deport you. They can use the following information against you:
• If you run and the ICE catches you.
• If you tell the ICE where you were born or that you don’t have papers.
• If you carry false documents.
• If you carry papers from your country. If you are questioned by the ICE, you are NOT required to reveal any information, such as your name, address, or home country. If you are questioned or detained, however, it usually is a good idea to give your name so that friends, family, or your attorney can locate you.
Below are links to resources that will help you understand your rights in the United States.