Regardless of your race, national origin, or immigration status, you have the right to certain amendments and must know how to use them in your current situation. Knowing these rights will help guide you through your immigration process and protect both your rights and self-assurance.
Here are 3 amendments all immigrants must understand.
With the right to speak your opinions, the First Amendment gives you the freedom to speak and protect for the social chance. This means you have the right to stand up to law enforcement that negatively targets such activities. However, it is best to refrain from such political activities if you are not a citizen as it will turn against you as an easy target and force you to face Homeland Security.
This specific Amendment gives you the right to privacy in your own home as this law prevents the government to have power in entering your private space. However, there are many exceptions and circumstances as new laws have allowed the power for the government to gain surveillance. Out of all the places of where you could interact with law enforcement, the home is the most protected. If a law enforcement officer or agent contacts you, you can give them your attorney’s information and understand their reason for contacting you.
If they have a valid search warrant, be sure to examine the warrant carefully. If you invite the officer into their home, be sure to watch them if they are doing a specific search according to the warrant.
The Fifth Amended gives every individual the right to remain silent and how to answer any questions asked by the law enforcement officer. It is not a crime to refuse to answer their questions as long as you clearly state that you are using your right to remain silent and wish to talk to your lawyer. Be sure to make your request clear.
As a non-citizen, you can still assert your rights and demand them before you sign any documents that may result in being detained for deported. It is important that you have an immigration lawyer on standby just in case you find yourself in this situation. Make sure to carry their contact information with you at all times.
During every step of the process, you have the right to call your lawyer to have them present with you, whether you or your family member is detained. However, you do not have the legal right to demand a government-appointed attorney during a removal proceeding.
There are many ways to find an immigration lawyer that will work with you. You can contact your consulate who will recommend a lawyer or speak to others who have been in your position before.
Remember, you must never present false information and documents especially regarding your immigration status. This will increase your chances of being deported immediately. At the port of entries such as the gate or airports, you cannot be searched, removed or stopped simply based on your race, national origin, sex, religion, or ethnicity.