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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

The reason why the United States is the best country in the world, is because everyone has rights under the law, including immigrants. To exercise those rights, immigrants should know those rights. This is a guide on those rights:

If police or immigration stops your car:

Here is one way of handling yourself if you are an immigrant who is pulled over by police or immigration officers:

1. You have the right to remain silent. The driver and the passengers have the right to remain silent. To use this right, say “I want to remain silent and see a lawyer”.

2. You do not have to answer questions such as:
– Where were you were born?
– Are you’re a U.S. citizen?
– How did you entered the country?

3. Passengers should ask “Am I free to leave?” If the officer says yes, walk away peacefully.

4. If the officer asks to search your car, you can refuse.

What you are required to do:

1. If you are not a US Citizen, you must show your immigration documents if an immigration agent asks to see them. This rule applies to adults, 18 years of age and older.

2. If you are undocumented, say you want to remain silent and see a lawyer.

Advice for using your rights as an immigrant:

1. Always be polite, even when you choose to remain silent. Good manners go a long way.

2. If asked, provide your driver’s license and proof of insurance.

3. Do not lie about your citizenship status.

If Immigration (ICE) shows up at your door:

1. Keep the door closed and ask what they want (through the closed door).

2. Ask if they have a warrant signed by a judge. If they say that they do, then have them slide a copy of the warrant under the door. If they do not have a warrant, then you are not required to open the door and you may remain inside.

3. If they have an ICE warrant, they still do not have permission to enter your home unless you give them permission to enter your home. If they come in without permission, say “I am not giving you permission to enter this home”.

4. If ICE has a warrant for your arrest and you are in the home, then walk out and close the door behind you.

5. Even if they have warrant, you still have the right to remain silent. So, say, “I want to remain silent and see a lawyer”, but do not resist them. Know that every person in your home has the right to remain silent.

6. You do not have to answer questions such as:

– Where were you were born?
– Are you a U.S. citizen?
– How did you enter the country?

7. Instead of answering those questions, ask to see a lawyer. Do not sign anything without your lawyer present. Please call us if you need further information about your rights, (210) 858-9681.

Know Your Rights and call (210) 858-9681