Know Your Rights

Remember, all people in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, have rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws. Make sure you know your rights if you are approached by police or ICE. Review the information below to help you understand what your rights are and what to do in different situations.

 

All people in the U.S., whether citizen or non-citizen, have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws.

  • You have the right to refuse consent for immigration or the police to search yourself, your car or your home.  
  • You have the right to remain silent. If you want to exercise that right, you should say it out loud.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you have the right to call the consulate of your home country. Immigration and police must let your consulate visit or speak with you.
  • You have the right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions. You may say, “I will remain silent until I speak to an attorney.”
  • You do not have to sign anything that you do not understand.
  • You have the right to a copy of all your immigration papers.

*This is not intended as legal advice.

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OR THE POLICE COME TO YOUR DOOR

STOP AND THINK TWICE WHEN SOMEONE COMES TO YOUR DOOR You’re not normally required to open the door to anyone. Immigration and the police can’t come into your home without a warrant signed by a judge.

REMAIN SILENT You have the right to remain silent. Immigration can use anything you say against you.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN Use your phone to take photos and notes about the raid, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING Do not sign forms you don't understand or don’t want to sign. A lawyer who knows deportation defense may be able to help you fight your case.

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OR THE POLICE STOP YOU WHILE DRIVING YOUR CAR

REMAIN SILENT Show the police your drivers’ license. If asked, show your car registration and proof of insurance. But you still have the right to remain silent about everything else. Immigration can use anything you say against you. You have the right to refuse to give your consent for a search of yourself or your car.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN Use your phone to take photos and notes about the stop, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHINGDon’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP iAmerica has a list of legal service providers if you need a lawyer.

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF IMMIGRATION OR THE POLICE STOP YOU OUTDOORS

REMAIN SILENT If asked, you should give your name. But you still have the right to remain silent about everything else. Immigration can use anything you say against you.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN Use your phone to take photos and notes about the stop, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHINGDon’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP iAmerica has a list of legal service providers if you need a lawyer.

 

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED

REMAIN SILENT You have the right to remain silent. Immigration can use anything you say against you.

STAY CALM AND DO NOT RUN Use your phone to take photos and notes about the stop, but stay calm and do not run.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY AND THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHINGDon’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP iAmerica has a list of legal service providers if you need a lawyer.

 

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN JAIL

REMAIN SILENT You have the right to remain silent and the right to speak to your public defender. The information about your immigration status can be used against you in your criminal or immigration case.

ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR ATTORNEY Remember to speak to your public defender before answering any questions from a police or immigration officer.

THINK TWICE BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING Don’t sign forms you don’t understand or don’t want to sign. You have the right to speak with an attorney.

LEGAL HELP iAmerica has a list of legal service providers if you need a lawyer.

 

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CARD: DOWNLOAD AND SAVE TO YOUR PHONE

Download this card and save it to your phone. This card can protect you if immigration or the police question you. The card will tell immigration or the police that you are exercising your constitutional rights.

 

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS CARD: PRINT, CUT-OUT AND CARRY WITH YOU

Download, print, cut-out and carry this card with you. You can share these cards with family and friends. This card can protect you if immigration or the police question you. The card will tell immigration or the police that you are exercising your constitutional rights.