Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

It’s important for everyone to know their rights if approached by an immigration (ICE) agent. This resource provides practical tips for what immigrants and their families can do to prepare as well as information on the rights that everyone holds in the United States, regardless of their immigration status. 

For immigrant families: 

  • Talk to an immigration services provider about your immigration options
  • Make a child care and family preparedness plan 
  • Figure out which documents you should and should not carry with you

For everyone, documented and undocumented: 

  • Make sure you and others know what to do if approached by ICE officers
  • You have the right to remain silent
  • You have the right to demand a warrant before letting anyone into your home
  • You have the right to speak to a lawyer and the right to make a phone call
  • You have the right to refuse to sign anything before you talk to a lawyer
  • You have the right to refuse to show any documents before speaking with a lawyer

For allies: 

  • If you can do so safely, take photos of, video record, document and report raids and arrests
  • To report a raid, contact United We Dream’s hotline 1-844-363-1423 or text 877877

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