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Know your rights

August 14, 2022 -

It's critical for people to understand that the US Constitution protects everyone's rights, regardless of their immigration status.

If you are arrested by immigration authorities, you have the right to remain silent. You should always exercise that right – remain calm and polite, but don't answer any questions or sign anything without a lawyer present. It's also important to know that you have the right to remain in the United States while your case is pending. An immigration judge will ultimately decide whether or not you can stay in the country.

· Right to remain silent: This is the same right to remain silent that applies in other circumstances.

· Interpreter for court cases: Immigrants are entitled to court interpreters at no charge in their native tongue during removal proceedings.

· The right to legal representation: You will have the right to counsel during removal proceedings, but it will not be at the expense of the government.

· Right to contact one’s consulate/embassy: They could at the very least try to contact your family members so that they would know where you are.

· Right to request bond: In some cases, you can get released from custody upon paying a bond.

Remember that you should always be prepared ahead of time. If you have young children, make sure you have a plan in place for who will care for them if you are detained. And know your rights: keep a copy of your immigrant documents with you at all times, and know who to call for help.

Immigration law is a highly technical field, and an expert might be able to assist you in determining whether or not you qualify for existing legal pathways or if you should establish legal guardians for your children in the event of an emergency.

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