Directing International Students and Scholars to Resources on their Rights in Encounters with Law Enforcement

March 13, 2017

 

Note: The information provided here is basic, general information about the Constitutional rights of people in the United States. For specific information and legal advice, consult a qualified immigration attorney. The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides a lawyer referral service for people seeking the counsel of an immigration lawyer: www.ailalawyer.org.

 

AILA "Know Your Rights if ICE Stops You in Public" flyer

Describes the civil rights of people in the U.S., including undocumented aliens, who encounter immigration enforcement officers on the street or in a public place

 

AILA "Know Your Rights if ICE Visits Your Home" flyer

Describes the civil rights of people in the U.S., including undocumented aliens, who are visited at home by immigration enforcement officers

 

AILA "Know Your Rights if Ice Comes to your Work Place (Employee)" flyer

Describes the civil rights of people in the U.S., including undocumented aliens, who are visited at their work place by immigration enforcement officers

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) "Know Your Rights: What to do When Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S." flyer

Provides extensive information about law enforcement officials' authority to question individuals entering the U.S., the right (and lack of right) to legal counsel, and searches of laptops and phones, among other topics

 

ACLU "Know your Rights: Stopped by Police Immigration Agents, or FBI" flyer

Describes the civil rights of people in the U.S. who encounter immigration enforcement officers and suggests appropriate responses

 

ACLU "Know Your Rights: Anti-Muslim Discrimination" flyer

Addresses certain civil rights of people in the U.S., specifically rights to practice a religion

 

ACLU resources "Know Your Rights: Discrimination Against Immigrants and Muslims"

Includes videos and printed flyers on this topic in a variety of languages

 

ACLU "Know Your Rights: What to do if Your Rights are Violated at a Demonstration"

Describes the civil rights of people in the U.S. to peacefully assemble and protest and suggests appropriate responses for those who encounter law enforcement officials while protesting

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) "Inspection of Devices Flyer"

This flyer may be given to those entering the U.S. whose baggage or electronic devices are searched by a CBP officer.  It includes a brief description of CBP's legal authority to conduct searches and what travelers may expect in such a search and provides contact information for those who may have questions or encounter problems.

 

CBP "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Border Searches of Electronic Devices":

This is a much more detailed description of the Department of Homeland Security's guiding principles in conducting searches of electronic devices at the border, including its efforts to balance security needs and individual privacy rights.

 

Executive Order Travel and Entry Restrictions

For information about travel restrictions recently imposed in early 2017 by President Trump, see:

General Immigration Background Resources