Know Your RightsHow to protect yourself against possible ICE raids in Denver.

As of today, the Trump administration is still planning to launch Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. The raids are expected to target around 2,000 people who have received final orders of removal in 10 major cities, including Denver.

When interacting with ICE officers:

  1. Remain Silent

    • If you are questioned, you may say that you want to remain silent and refuse to answer any questions.
    • You may refuse to show your identity documents.
    • Do not show false documents and do not lie.
  2. Ask to Speak to a Lawyer

    • If you are detained or taken into custody, you have the right to talk to a lawyer immediately.
    • If you don’t have a lawyer, ask an immigration officer for a list of pro bono lawyers.
    • You also have the right to contact your consulate, which may be able to assist you in finding a lawyer.
  3. Do Not Sign

    • You can refuse to sign any and all paperwork until you’ve spoken to a lawyer.
    • If you do decide to sign something, make sure you understand everything the document says and means before signing.
  4. Carry a Red Card

    • A ILRC Red Card has a list of your rights.
    • If you encounter and ICE officer, you can hand them a Red Card to help assert your rights.


If ICE comes to your home: 

  1. Do Not Open Your Door

    • You do not have to open the door or allow officers into your home unless they have a valid search warrant signed by a judge.
    • If you decide to speak to them, speak to them through the door.
  2. Ask to See a Search Warrant

    • If the officers say they have a search warrant signed by a judge, ask them to slide it under the door or hold it up to a window so you can see it.
      • If the warrant does not have your correct name and address and it is not signed by a judge, you do not have to open the door.
    • An ICE Deportation Warrant is NOT the same as a search warrant.
      • If they only have an ICE Deportation Warrant, they CANNOT legally come inside unless you agree to let them in.

If ICE comes to your work:

  1. Don’t Panic or Run

    • ICE officers must have a valid search warrant or the consent of your employer to enter non-public areas.
    • If they ask you to stand in a group according to immigration status, you do not have to move.
  2. Ask if You Can Leave

    • Calmly walk towards the exit.
    • If you are stopped, ask if you are free to leave.
    • If the officer says no, do not try to leave.

If ICE approaches you in public:

  1. Ask if You Can Leave

    • If you are stopped in public, ask if you are free to leave.
    • If the officer says no, remember that you have the right to remain silent.
  2. Don’t Consent to a Search

    • If you are stopped for questioning but are not arrested, you do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings.
    • However, an officer is allowed to pat down your clothes if they suspect you have a weapon.


What Happens if Someone is Detained?

  • Families will likely be moved to ICE family residential detention centers.
    • Detention Centers in Colorado
      1. Aurora Contract Detention Facility
        • Address: 3130 North Oakland Street, Aurora, CO 80010
        • Phone: (303) 361-6612 (between 8 am – 4 pm)
        • Capacity: holds over 1,000 people
      2. Teller County Detention Center
        • Address: 288 County Road 29, Divide, CO 80814
        • Phone: (719) 687-7770 (between 8 am – 4 pm)
        • Capacity: holding about 66 people
      3. El Paso County Criminal Justice Center
        • Address: 2739 East Las Vegas Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
        • Phone: (719) 390-2000 (between 8 am – 4 pm)
        • Capacity: holding about 1,880 people
    • Find other ICE detention centers using the ICE Detention Facility Locator
  • If you need to locate someone who has been detained, see AILA’s Practice Tips for Locating Detainees
  • Some may be able to appeal their cases, but they may eventually be removed from the country.



  • Colorado Rapid Response Network – Immigration Hotline: 1-844-864-8341
  • AILA Know Your Rights Handouts: click here (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Haitian Creole, and Punjabi)
  • ILRC Red Cards: click here (available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hmong, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese)
  • National Immigration Project Deportation Defense Cards: click here (available in Spanish and English)
  • List of Colorado Pro Bono Immigration Lawyers: click here
  • For more information, contact us.

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