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Know your rights!

Know your rights!

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You have the right to remain silent.

You do not have to answer any questions...

...but there is a risk in not giving your name; it may seem suspicious.

You do not have to reveal your immigration status to government officials...

...but you cannot lie either.

You can refuse to sign any document.

Even if you do not have a lawyer, you are not obligated to sign anything.
If you have one, you can ask your lawyer to be present. You always have the right to understand what you are signing.

If you have been mistreated, you have the right to file a complaint. Remember that knowing your rights does not necessarily mean that the authorities will follow the law or respect your rights.

The information contained in this resource should not be in any way considered legal advice. For information and advice about specific cases, you should consult with an immigration attorney.