Know Your Rights

If you have seen Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in action, suspect ICE activity in progress, or if you or someone you know has been detained by ICE call (510) 241-4011 for rapid response and legal services.


Our residents have significant rights that protect them in Alameda and other Sanctuary Cities against illegal raids. Please review the following information and the online resources below:

  • Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot enter a private residence without consent or a search or arrest warrant signed by a judge. Immigration Detainers are administrative/civil warrants and are not signed by a judge. Residents can ignore the knock on the door or communicate with ICE through the closed door.
  • If ICE has a signed criminal arrest or search warrant (the signature on the warrant must be a judge and issued by a criminal court), they may force entry, and occupants should not fight or resist in any way. Occupants can simply repeat that ICE is not authorized to be inside and ask for a lawyer.
  • If ICE shows up at any of the City of Alameda or Alameda Housing Authority offices, we will not give out information about our residents or businesses. If ICE asks to see records or ask for personal information about a resident, employers cannot give it to them under California law, which exposes employers to a fine of up to $10,000 for each violation (AB 450). 


Please contact the City Manager’s office at (510) 747-4700 if you have any questions.


Online Resources

Letter from Senator Nancy Skinner to City Manager Keimach (new)

AUSD DACA Resources (new)

SB 54 Law enforcement: sharing data (new)

ACLU January 17, 2018 article (new)

ACLU What to do if immigration agents (ICE) are at your door? (new)

ACLU What to do if you're stopped by police, immigration agents, or the FBI (new)

Alameda County Legal Services Referral List

Hotline for Rapid Response and Legal Services (English)

Hotline for Rapid Response and Legal Services (Spanish)

Know You Rights! Flyer

Know Your Rights flyer in English and Spanish

Information Packet from Know Your Rights Workshop (English)

Information Packet from Know Your Rights Workshop (Spanish)


Past Events

May 31 Know Your Rights Workshop

Flyer in Spanish 

March 11 Know Your Rights Workshop


Flyer in Chinese

March 11 People Power Resistance Training livestream


At its meeting on January 17, 2017, Alameda City Councilmembers voted unanimously (with one member not present) to adopt a resolution that reaffirms the City of Alameda’s commitment as a Sanctuary City to the values of dignity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals, regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or immigration status.


The City’s resolution is the latest action in a century-long tradition of embracing diversity and respecting the civil and human rights of its residents, while acknowledging and understanding laws at every level in the past were often at odds to progress.