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Immigrant Rights: Know Your Rights

You have certain rights regardless of your immigration status. It is important to know your rights so that you are prepared for any situation. Understanding your rights and how to use them will help you fight for yourself and know how to respond if you are in a situation with police or Immigration.

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What should I do if Immigration or the police come to my home?

Stay calm. You are normally not required to open the door to anyone. Immigration and police cannot come into your home without a warrant signed by a judge. 

The links below have important information on what to do if Immigration or the police show up at your home. Read the information so that you know your rights and are prepared if this happens to you.

 

 

What should I do if Immigration comes to my workplace?

Stay calm. Do not run. ICE can use that as a reason to arrest you. Immigration officers are not allowed to enter your workplace without permission from the owner or manager. If you feel comfortable talk to your employer about not letting ICE in without a warrant. If an immigration officer does get permission or has a warrant, you have the right to keep silent and request to talk to a lawyer.

The links below have important information on what to do if Immigration or the police show up at your workplace. Read the information so that you know your rights and are prepared if this happens to you.

What should I do if I'm stopped by law enforcement and/or detained by Immigration?

Stay calm. Do not run. ICE can use that as a reason to arrest you. 

The links below have important information on what to do if Immigration or the police stop you on the street or in a public place, while you are driving, and/or arrests or detains you. Read the information so that you know your rights and are prepared if this happens to you.

What should I do to prepare for a possible ICE detention, locate someone who is detained and/or help someone who is detained?

It is important to make an emergency plan if you are at risk of deportation.

The links below have important information on how to prepare a plan and locate and help someone if they are detained. Read the information so that you know your rights and are prepared if this happens to you.