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Know Your Rights

The following information serves as a tool to guide you and help you understand the pathway to achieve U.S. residency and citizenship. Furthermore, you will find information about the civil rights and liberties that all humans have under the constitution. Please take a look below.  

Permanent Residency and Citizenship

Learn about what it takes to become a Permanent Resident or Citizen of the United States by clicking on the following links:

Civil Liberties and Rights when stopped by a police, immigration official, or the FBI:

To read more about your rights during an immigration raid or when an official arrives at your doorstep, please read page 10 of Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff created by United We Dream, the National Immigration Law Center, First Focus and the AFT.


  • Right to remain silent
  • Know who to call (i.e. relative, attorney)


  • Don’t answer when and where you were born
  • Your address
  • Where your parents were born
  • Where you lived before living in the U.S.
  • When you came to the U.S.
  • What is your nationality
  • Where is your passport from
  • Whether you have a social security number or not
  • Whether or not you or your family members have U.S. citizenship, permanent residence (green card) or other immigration documents
  • Give false information (name, etc.)
  • Provide false identification
  • Answer questions about immigration status

Create A Plan

  • Emergency contact list
  • Do not carry identification with false information

Home Raids

  • Keep door closed
  • Ask what agency they are part of
  • Ask Immigration Customs Enforcement  (ICE) and or police if they have a warrant—have them to slip it under the door

If In Immigration Detention:

  • Do not sign any documents regarding voluntary departure/order of removal
  • Call your attorney/relative
  • Obtain a notice to appear

For more information about civil liberties and rights please visit American Civil Liberties Union.

If you would like to print a pocket sized know your rights sheet please access it here: What do you if your stopped by the police, immigration, FBI. If you would like one in Spanish please access it here: What to do if stopped by police, immigration, FBI (Spanish).