California Family Resource Association

Immigration Resources

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.

The official 2/20/2017 memo from Homeland Security

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.

Immigration Law Help

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

Immigrant Legal Resource center provides many legal resources. Resources range from Family Preparedness Plans, handling a change of address, and the latest information about DACA.

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.