Know Your Rights

Regardless of your immigration status, by being in America, you are guaranteed certain rights under the United States Constitution. It is very important to make sure you are aware of these rights, especially when dealing with law enforcement agencies.

  • If an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer knocks on your door, you do not need to open the door.
  • If an ICE agent asks you questions, you have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions.
  • If an ICE agent presents you with paperwork you do not have to sign anything.
  • You do not have to discuss your citizenship or immigration status with anyone besides your lawyer.
  • In the event that you are arrested or detained by law enforcement, make sure you have:
    • Memorized contact information for an emergency contact and provided this person with your A-number
    • Told your child’s school or care program the information for your emergency contact authorizing that person to pick up your child
    • Ensured the security of all identification documents including your passport, proof of presence in the U.S. and financial documentation
    • Ensured your emergency can obtain your important documents if need be

These tips are meant for your reference but do not replace legal council. For more information, please visit:

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