Know Your Rights


In any interactions with ICE, you ALWAYS have the right to remain silent and the right to not sign anything that you don’t understand. To learn more about your rights in your home, your car, or your workplace, please take a look at some of these great resources that have been created by immigrant rights groups across the country.

When ICE is Outside Our Doors

The following video will guide you through the process of having an ICE agent outside your door, and will show you how to defend yourself from the different tricks ICE may try.

When ICE is Inside Our Homes

Either with permission or through force, there are times ICE will get inside our homes. It is important to remember that we still have rights! The following video will cover your rights as an immigrant and important information to know if ICE get through your door.

When ICE is In Our Streets

With the current administration, it is not uncommon to see ICE roaming our streets. The following video outlines how to react and your rights as an immigrant when an officer approaches you in the streets.

If ICE Arrests Us

Now, more than ever, it is crucial for families to have a plan in case a loved one is arrested. The following video shows what the rights of the person being arrested are and the next steps a family should take if a loved one is arrested.

Videos courtesy of American Civil Liberties Union


If one of your family members has been picked up by ICE in Albuquerque, NM, they will likely first be taken to the ICE holding facility located at 5441 Watson Dr. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105. We strongly recommend that family members who are not U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents do NOT visit the facility.

Your family member will be there for less than 24 hours. It is probable that they will be transported to a detention facility in El Paso, where they will likely be allowed to make a phone call. If you are called by your family member in detention, it is important to ask for their A number, or the number on the bracelet that all detainees get, for future reference.

If you or your family member is picked up by ICE or have questions about your rights, please call NMILC at 505-247-1023.


or Call Us at (505) 247-1023