Immigration Rights

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Know your rights.  Upholding the rights of immigrants is important to us all. The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every “person” and are not limited to citizens.

If you know and assert your rights, you can protect yourself against some actions immigration agents might try to take.  Immigration agents will not inform you of your rights.  If you do not know and do not assert your rights, you might be deported without seeing a lawyer or a judge or denied immigration relief that may be available to you.

The packet above provides an overview of the rights an immigrant (whether here legally or not) or even a citizen may exercise if confronted by an immigration official. Feel free to distribute these flyers widely so immigrants will know how to act if they are confronted by the Immigration Service.

Combating ICE Raids. In response to these raids, and in order to provide the resources for people to protect themselves against ICR and its tactics, the ILRC developed “Red Cards” with instructions in Spanish on how to exercise your constitutional rights on one side, and an English statement on the other side that the person giving the card to an ICE agent is not opening the door or answering any questions, rights protected for all people by the US Constitution. Below are some translated sets of Red Cards available.

Flyer and Red Cards are provided by Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Injured in an Accident? You are entitled to medical treatment.

If you’re in any sort of accident and you’re illegal you have rights. You have the right to medical help and an attorney just like everyone else. Make sure to use your REAL name when dealing with higher authority as the reports must have correct information for you to be compensated.


Have any other general questions or concerns?  

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Thanks to Immigrantes Unidos, a Colorado nonprofit corporation for the integration of the immigrant’s families education-health-arts-science, check them out! The Attorney Yesika Figueroa answers immigration questions in English or Spanish every Thursday from 6PM -7PM Pacific Time.

Write your questions here or ask her directly through her email: abogadayesika@inmigrantesunidos.org

You could also visit Immigrate 2 Us  for any other immigration advice.