Know Your Rights
Note: This page contains general information and links to general information, and is not legal advice. Contact ONLY a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for any legal advice.
CFRA wants to make sure you have up-to-date information with immigration policies. Our hope is that these resources are helpful to you, your staff, and your communities.
This guidance memo will expand the federal government's ability to empower state and local law enforcement agencies to perform the functions of immigration officers. However, contrary to the President's previous statements, no National Guard troops will be deployed to round up immigrants in the U.S.
USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Due to federal court orders on Jan. 9, 2018 and Feb. 13, 2018, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.
For the latest information about DACA and who is eligible to continue receiving DACA status, click here.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning about college opportunities and your rights with college, you can find resources with Affordable Colleges Online.
Changes to Use of Laws
The new plan grows the number of individuals who can be deported using "expedited removal" procedures which affords immigrants almost no court proceedings. Under the new policy, if someone cannot prove they have been living in the U.S. continuously for two years, they could be eligible for expedited removal. Washington Post article outlining the plan.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)'s
FAQ on President Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Refugees and Muslims
NILC slideshow on Raids: What is Happening & How to Respond
The National Immigration Law Center hosted a webinar on “Ice Raids: What is Happening & How to Respond” on February 13, 2017. These are the slides form the presentation.
Department of Justice Pro Bono Legal Service Providers
The immigration courts have a list of lawyers and organizations that provide free legal services.
Nonprofit organizations that provide low-cost help in immigration assistance can be found here. They help low-income immigrants find legal help.
American Civil Liberties Union Know Your Rights
These easy-to-use resources were created by the ACLU so communities, organizations and individuals can have their rights at their fingertips. Categories include: ICE Visits and If You’re Questioned About Immigration Status.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
In addition, ILRC created a brief summary capturing the key court rulings that have changed the landscape on immigration detainers, as new federal court cases continue to dismantle ICE’s detainer system.
DACA Crimes and Post-Conviction Relief
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration Enforcement
Other Immigration Relief Options
Some people might qualify for other
immigration options. These links describe other immigration
relief, and what to bring to a meeting with a legal service provider, and a form to use for new clients.