Deportation/Immigration Resources

For the record

Seeking asylum is not illegal.

Crossing a border illegally is a misdemeanor.

Being in this country illegally is a civil (not criminal) violation.

We don’t take your children away when you jaywalk.

We don’t put your kids in cages when you park in a handicap zone.

We don’t lock up your baby when you do commit a crime.

We don’t lose track of what we did with your kid when you ask for help fleeing someone who’s trying to harm you.

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Immigration and Deportation Rights

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Sanctuary City Campaigns

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Immigration and Deportation Rights


An multilingual empowerment campaign to prepare for and safely defend our rights during encounters with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Deportation Defense Cards/Know Your Rights

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Click here for cards in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Español

Mijente: Defend Your Rights
(English and Spanish Downloads)

First Steps: An LIRS guide for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants released from Jail

Helps refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants navigate the complex system of laws, agencies, and public and private systems they must master by providing important information on legal rights, responsibilities, and eligibility for services and benefits such as healthcare and education, according to immigration status. Choose your e-book version below to begin download immediately.

English Version – Download PDF | Spanish Version – Download PDF

ICE Raids Toolkit

Comprehensive guide and organizing resource to fight back against anti-immigration
Immigrant Defense Project Toolkit

Community Defense Zone Guide

A guide for communities being targeted by the Trump Administration, specifically immigrants and refugees, Muslims, LGBTQ and Black communities, to create community based sanctuary as well as advocate for policies at the local and state level.
Community Defense Zone Guide

ACLU: Know Your Rights

A list of resources regarding your rights in multiple scenarios, compiled by the ACLU. (Some resources in Spanish and English.)

School Guide

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff
Created by Teaching Tolerance:  A Project from the Southern Poverty Law Center 

Resource Cards and Tools:
NIPNLG Know Your Rights – travel safety planning, demonstrations & more
IDP Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights: Near the Border

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100 Mile Border Zone

  • US Border agent can board vehicles without a warrant to search for people without immigration documents within 100 air miles from external US boundary
    • jurisdiction extends only to immigration violations and federal crimes
  • 4th Amendment (right against unreasonable searches/seizures) protects against arbitrary searches/seizures of people and their property, even in expanded border area
    • You have the right to remain silent or tell the agent that you’ll only answer questions in the presence of an attorney, no matter your citizenship or immigration status
    • An immigration officer cannot
      • Detain you without “reasonable suspicion”
      • Search you or your belongings without either “probable cause” or your consent
  • An immigration officer cannot arrest you without “probable cause”
    • Your silence alone meets neither of these standards.
      • Refusing to answer the agent’s question will likely result in being further detained for questioning
    • Nor does your race or ethnicity alone suffice for either probable cause or reasonable suspicion
  • If an agent asks you for documents
    • U.S. citizens do not have to carry proof of citizenship
    • If you have valid immigration documents and over age 18, law requires to carry those documents
    • If you are an immigrant without documents, you can decline the officer’s request
    • No matter what category you fall into, never provide false documents to immigration officials

Executive Order (Muslim Ban) Immigration Assistance

ACLU hotline for people being detained at a US Airport under recent Executive Order

  • 415-621-2488


MALDEF: Immigrants’ Rights FAQs Under a Trump Presidency

Answers to some common questions about what Trump’s presidency means for immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, and what you can do to best protect yourself. (English and Spanish)

Great Local Action Groups Around Country with Great Resources

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR)

Puente Human Rights Movement (Phoenix, Arizona)

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: ICIRR

California Coalition Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance


ACLU: Know Your Rights When Asked About Immigration Status

ACLU: Raids Watch: Know Your Rights

ACLU: Immigrants’ Rights: What To Do If Stopped

ACLU on immigration bus raids: know your rights

Newsweek: What To Do If ICE Approaches You On The Street

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Additional Resource Collections

ICE Raid Resources

Taking Action on Immigrant Detention: a summary of reported recommendations

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How to Help

Tips if you see ICE deportations or checkpoints

We’re here to Stay: How U.S. Citizens Can Support the Immigrant Community During Trump’s Attack?

Report Raids

If you witnessed ICE activity in your community
Report them to the United We Dream hotline ASAP! Call 1-844-363-1423 and share this information to protect your community from detention and deportation! ‪#‎Not1More‬


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Report ICE using Latino Rebels’ MigraMap
Latino Rebels launched the first ever Map pin pointing ICE raids and activity across the country. Report what you saw using MigraMap

Raid Alerts (RedadAlertas) App
An open source app warns undocumented Americans (or people who are rightfully worried they might be accused of being one) about anti-immigrant raids so they can flee before the immigration forces come for them. The app uses verified, crowdsourced data to sound the warning whenever the government sends U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to round up undocumented residents.

Post bail for immigrants separated from their children

List of places to donate for bail

Donate to support volunteer immigrant lawyers

Lawyers for Good Government: Project Corazon Travel Fund

Donate or Volunteer with Advocacy Organizations and Campaigns

DC local Orgs

Legal and social services help for immigrant

Capital Area Immigration Rights (CAIR) Coalition
Services include legal representation, educational outreach, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys who defend immigrants in immigration and criminal justice

Advocacy for equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos and other low-income immigrant communities.

Sanctuary DMV
Sanctuary DMV is a feminist anti imperialist group of concerned DMV community members dedicated to protecting immigrants and targeted communities

Border, Deportation, and Family Separation Help

Legal Assistance

National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights
Organize and support the defense and protection of immigrants and refugees from deportation, detention, harassment, discrimination and exclusion and advocate nationally and internationally for the human rights of all migrants and refugees.

Not One More Deportation
Campaign made of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.

Raises (Texas)
RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

United We Dream
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. organizing in the streets, building cutting edge technology systems, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations or creating alliances across social movements, United We Dream puts undocumented immigrant youth in the driver’s seat to strategize, innovate and win.

Direct Humanitarian Assistence with Border Crossing

Humane Borders
Direct humanitarian assistance to people crossing the border

No More Deaths
The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiatives, like direct aid humanitarian assistance

Immigrant Rights Orgs

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them.

American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring.

Immigrant Defense Project
Protects and expands the rights of all immigrants by focusing at the intersection of the criminal and immigration systems.

International Refugee Assistant Project
Provides legal advocacy for refugees and displaced people in need of a safe place to call home.

National Immigrant Youth Alliance
The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) is an undocumented youth-LED network of grassroots organizations, campus-based student groups and individuals committed to achieving equality for all immigrant youth, regardless of their legal status.

Tahirih Justice Center
Helps Immigrants escape sexual violence

Global Center for Refugee Education and Science
Language education assistance

Platforms for Petitions, Organizing, and networking

Dream Activist
Launched in 2008 by five undocumented youth as a site where we could share our stories of struggle and come together to develop strategies for self-defense in a country that considers us “illegal.” quickly became a site to coordinate political action in support of the DREAM Act and to organize public campaigns to block the deportation of fellow undocumented immigrants.

Latino Rebels
Develops social media content on Latino issues through Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram and YouTube pages

A digital and grassroots hub for Latinx & Chicanx movement building & organizing. Whole section on promoting and creating petitions.

UndocuBlack Network (UBN)
Multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access resources and contributes to transforming the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.

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Additional Resource Collections

Taking Action on Immigrant Detention: a summary of reported recommendations

Yopp! What You Can Do to Close the Camps

Yes!: 20 Ways You Can Help Immigrants Now

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Sanctuary City Campaigns

Resources to advocate, expand and protect Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary cities and counties have official or unofficial policies that support illegal immigrants varying from:

  • Refusing to turn over illegal immigrants to the federal government for deportation.  Because jails are typically run by counties, rather than cities, county policies can matter more to immigrants.
  • Will not use municipal funds or resources to enforce national immigration laws
  • Will not follow federal requests to hold arrestees in jail due to their

    immigration status

  • Forbid police or municipal employees to inquire about a person’s immigration status.


Unitarian Universalist Association: Expanding Sanctuary

Wikipedia: List of Sanctuary laws around the country

NPR: Sanctuary Cities Often are Safer

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Realities of Immigration and the Need for Reform

Fact Matter Immigration Fact Sheet

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Atlantic: What ‘Abolish ICE’ Actually Means

Rise of Private Immigration Detentions

Freedom for Immigrants: Detention Timeline


AJ+: ICE Immigration Detention: What You Should Know (2015)

AJ+ The Big Business Of Private Prisons

Color of Change: Private Prisons. Public Menace

Private prisons: How US corporations make money out of locking you up