When Encountering Law Enforcement

Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement

Everyone Has Certain Basic Rights, No Matter Who Is President
Donald Trump, who repeatedly made anti-immigrant promises during his campaign, begins his term as president of the U.S. in January 2017. But no matter who is president, everyone living in the U.S. has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution—everyone, including undocumented people.

Warrants & Subpoenas: What to Look Out For and How to Respond
The three immigration agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — have, in recent years, used increasingly aggressive tactics to intimidate immigrants and coerce them into cooperating with federal immigration enforcement. Understanding the differences between a subpoena and a warrant — documents that immigration agencies rely on as part of their tactics to coerce cooperation — is critical and enables people to exercise their rights in an informed manner.

Warrants and Subpoenas 101 (2-pager)
This is a condensed version of “Warrants & Subpoenas: What to Look Out For and How to Respond” (above).

Resources from CLINIC – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Know Your Rights: A Guide to Your Rights When Interacting with Law Enforcement

Includes: What you need to know and what to do when encountering immigration agents, the police or FBI in different places | Information about how to read a warrant | Twelve things for you and your family to remember in ANY situation | Your Emergency Planning Checklist | Your Emergency Contact Information Sheet | Your plan for what to do if a loved one calls you from an immigration detention center or police station | Your Workplace Planning Checklist

What to Do If You’re Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents, or the FBI
A know-your-rights card created by the ACLU, posted 6/10.

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Know-Your-Rights Resources
Includes: If Questioned about Immigration Status | Youth Encounters with Police | ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) Visits | Dealing with Police If You’re Deaf | If You’re Stopped by Police | Searches and Warrants | Stops and Arrests | Rights When Being Questioned | Demonstrations and Protests (and others)

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Nevada law that requires individuals to identify themselves to police when asked (6/30/04)