On September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced the rescission of the DACA program that allowed immigrants who were born outside of the United States and entered the country as a child without proper authorization to avoid deportation if they met certain requirements.
The rescission, which has endangered the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers has been widely criticized and several DACA recipients, states and organization have filed suits challenging the decision and seeking to enjoin the rescission of DACA and the use of information obtained pursuant to DACA for immigration enforcement purposes.
Are You Eligible For Other Types Of Immigration Benefits?
The Trump administration has urged Congress to act on replacing the DACA program and people across the U.S. are putting pressure on Congress to pass a clean DREAM ACT. We encourage DACA recipient to stay up to date with the latest changes and to schedule consultation with us so that we can evaluate your eligibility for other more lasting forms of relief.
Know Your Rights
As these rapid changes in the law bring uncertainty we also suggest that you be familiar with your rights to prepare for possible encounters with ICE.
Our office stays abreast of all the changes and will update this page upon Congress deciding on the new law.
All people living in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, have certain U.S. Constitutional rights. If you are undocumented and immigration (ICE) agents knock on your door, know that you have the following rights:
You do not have to open the door. You do not have to open the door or let the officers into your home unless they have a valid search warrant signed by a judge.
An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant. If this is the only document they have, they cannot legally come inside unless you verbally agree to let them in.
If the officers say they have asearch warrant signed by a judge, ask them to slide it under the door or hold it up to a window so you can see it.
If the warrant does not have your correct name and address on it and is not signed by a judge you do not have to open the door or let theminside.
If at any point you decide to speak with the officers, you do not need to open the door to do so. You can speak to them through the door or step outsideand close the door.
You have the right to remain silent. You do not need to speak to the immigration officers or answer any questions.
If you are asked where you were born or how you entered the United States, you may refuse to answer or remain silent.
If you choose to remain silent, say so outloud.
You may show a know-your-rights card to the officer that explains that you will remain silent and wish to speak to a lawyer.
You may refuse to show identity documents that say what country you are from.
Do not show any false documents and do notlie.
You have the right to speak to a lawyer. If you are detained or taken into custody, you have the right to immediately contact a lawyer.
Even if you do not have a lawyer, you may tell the immigration officers that you want to speak toone.
If you have a lawyer, you have the right to talk tothem. If you have a signed Form G-28, which shows you have a lawyer, give it to anofficer.
If you do not have a lawyer, ask an immigration officer for a list of pro bonolawyers.
You also have the right to contact your consulate. The consulate may be able to assist you in locating alawyer.
You can refuse to sign any/all paperwork until you have had the opportunity to speak to alawyer.
If you choose to sign something without speaking to a lawyer, be sure you understand exactly what the document says and means before you sign it.