What you should do if ICE agents stop you on the street
The America Immigration Lawyers Association informs the public of the rights of aliens when they are stopped by ICE agents or police officers on the street.
Aliens have the right to remain silent.
This means that if they ask you if you are an immigrant, you can refuse to answer the question and state that you are choosing to exercise your right to remain silent. If they ask you for an ID that shows your country of citizenship such as a passport, you can refuse politely to provide an ID that shows your citizenship or immigration status.
If they ask you personal questions such as where and when you were born, you can refuse to answer these questions, as well. You can tell them that you are exercising your right to remain silent and that you would like a lawyer present.
Aliens have the right not to consent to a warrantless search.
If an officer stops you in the street and asks permission to search your bag or purse, you can refuse. An officer can pat you down to see if you have any weapons, but you do not have to allow them to search your belongings. If they stop you while you are in your car, they can shine a flashlight inside your car but you can refuse to open your trunk for them so that they can search it.
Aliens have the right to an attorney.
If they refuse to let you go, you can ask to speak to a lawyer. You can contact your lawyer if you have one. If you do not have a lawyer, you can ask for a lawyer. You can also call or contact your embassy or consulate instead of contacting your lawyer.