Do You Know Your Rights?

Remember, all people in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, have rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws. Make sure you know your rights if you are approached by police or ICE.

YOU HAVE RIGHTS

All people in the U.S., whether citizen or non-citizen, have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution and other laws.

  • You have the right to refuse consent for immigration or the police to search yourself, your car or your home.
  • You have the right to remain silent. If you want to exercise that right, you should say it out loud.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you have the right to call the consulate of your home country. Immigration and police must let your consulate visit or speak with you.
  • You have the right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions. You may say, “I will remain silent until I speak to an attorney.”
  • You do not have to sign anything that you do not understand.
  • You have the right to a copy of all your immigration papers.

Immigrants Have Always Made America Great. Ronald Reagan

Reagan used the “Let’s Make America Great Again” slogan in his 1980 presidential campaign. We found that Reagan in a 1980 campaign speech spoke about immigrants’ journey to America and of their contributions to society.

Justice for All

Though the phrase “Make America Great Again” will forever be associated with President Trump in the national consciousness, it’s worth remembering that the phrase was employed decades earlier by Ronald Reagan during his 1980 presidential campaign. However, when Reagan used the phrase, it involved a dramatically different attitude toward immigrants than the current occupant of the White House.