It is imperative that you know your rights when dealing with law enforcement, with government officials, or with any other figure of authority. While the following information has been provided by legal experts, please do not think that all of this information automatically applies to your specific situation. This information should not be seen as standing in for the advice of an immigration attorney.  Nonetheless, this information can be used a good starting point for learning more about your situation and learning about whom to contact if you have further questions.

The page is broken into two sections, one for immigrants and one for refugees. 


Non-citizens who are in the United States—no matter what their immigration status—generally have the same constitutional rights as citizens when law enforcement officers stop, question, arrest, or search them or their homes. However, there are some special concerns that apply to non-citizens, so the following rights and responsibilities are important for non-citizens to know.
— American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

If ICE is at the Door

There are five important things to remember if ICE shows up at your door:
Do not open the door unless you see a signed warrant from a judge. Remain silent (plead the 5th). Do not sign anything without talking to an attorney. Report the incident and make a record. Get a trustworthy attorney.


 

Why become a Citizen?

There are a variety of reasons why seeking citizenship is going to be good for you. This process can be hard, but it will be worth it. 
Some reasons might include: 
Not being deported
Ability to vote
Ability to collect on benefits
Tax benefits
Ability to re-enter the United States
 

Stopped by Police

If you are stopped by the police, it is important to know what information you are required to give, and which information you can remain silent about.

If you are an immigrant with or without documentation, you still have certain Constitutional rights which can protect you during these interactions. What is most important is this: remain calm, be polite, be firm in your rights, and do not physically resist.


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