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Know your rights as an immigrant


These are difficult times. As immigrants, we face a lot of discrimination in this country. But we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and it is more important than ever to know our rights and work for justice.

None of the information in this resource should be considered legal advice. Please speak to an immigration attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative about your particular case.

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Who can enforce immigration law?

In  most places, local law enforcement can easily share information with ICE.


Your labor rights

You cannot be fired or deported simply for exercising your rights under the law. 

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Your rights in detention

If you are detained, you have the right to remain silent and the right to make a phone call, among other rights. 

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A bond is what you pay the court to ensure that you will show up to your hearings and comply with all final orders of your case. 

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Your rights at home

You do not have to open the door to any immigration agent or to the police unless they have a valid arrest or search warrant. 


Your rights on the job

E-Verify and your rights at work, such as the right to refuse to sign any document. 


How to find people in detention

Use the Online Detainee Locator System or call the Immigration Court phone number to find people in detention. 

Prepare yourself in case of emergency

Develop a family plan and designate a power of attorney.

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Your rights in the car

You have the right to remain silent, and you can refuse consent to search your car. 

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Answers to frequently asked questions about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). 

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When facing deportation

Your lawyer might suggest you appeal for "Prosecutorial Discretion."

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Know your rights!

Some final and very important advice that can help keep you safe.