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Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Those rights apply to everyone regardless of their immigration status. Some rights are more protected than other. For example, your home carries special protections that public spaces do not. Understanding and being familiar with those rights can help you navigate stressful encounters with immigration officials on your doorstep.
If you find yourself in the stressful situation of immigration officials coming to your home, remember you have the following rights:
If Immigration Officials are at your front door.
If immigration authorities knock on the front door of your home and ask to enter, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. Immigration authorities are only allowed to enter if they have a valid judicial search or arrest warrant with your name and address, signed by a judge.
In order for a search warrant to be valid, it must meet the following criteria: