What are Some of My Rights as an Immigrant?

  • You have the right to remain silent though some states may require you to provide your name if asked to identify yourself by a law enforcement officer.


  • You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings and do not have to answer questions about your place of birth, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the U.S., with certain exceptions at international borders or ports of entry and for certain nonimmigrant visas holder.


  • If you are detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), you have a right to consult with a lawyer and to have your attorney with you at any immigration court hearing, but the U.S. government is not required to provide a lawyer for you; you also have a right to contact your consulate or have an officer inform the consulate of your detention.


  • A warrant of removal or deportation does not allow officers to enter a home without consent.


  • Ask the law enforcement officer to show a badge or identification through a window or peephole; if there is a warrant signed by a judge naming a person in your residence and/or areas to be searched at your address, ask the law enforcement officer to slide such under the door without opening the door or hold the warrant up against a window for inspection


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