You have the right to remain silent or refuse to speak to an immigration officer.
You have the right to receive legal advice from an attorney.
You have the right to refuse to sign any document that has not been reviewed by an attorney.
You have the right to refuse to answer questions regarding your immigration status.
You have the right to refuse to answer questions about your nationality.
In some cases, you have the right to request a bond hearing before and immigration judge.
Know Your Options
Defenses that may be used in your favor:
Cancellation of Removal – When a person is in removal proceedings, and can demonstrate that they have been in the United States for 10 years, they have been a person of good moral character, and their removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to a USC or LPR spouse, parent, or child, their removal proceedings can be terminated and they can obtain a green card. For more information read our page on Deportation Defense.
Family Case – A person who is married to a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident could initiate consular processing or adjustment of status. For more information read our page on Family Immigration.
Asylum – Those who have a fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, and are unable to return to their country of nationality, may be eligible for asylum status. For more information read about Humanitarian Immigration options.
Victim of Crime – Victims of qualifying crimes committed in the U.S. can remain legally in the U.S. by obtaining a U-visa, and this can be used as a defense before the immigration court. For more information read about Humanitarian Immigration.
Memorize the phone number of a family member, friend, or your immigration attorney who you can contact if you are detained.
If you have kids or dependents, have someone who can care for them in your absence.
Keep important immigration and personal documents in a safe space, and inform a family member or friend so they can access them if needed.
Consult with an attorney.
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