- Do not run. If they are not looking for you, running will make you a target.
- You must tell them if they ask for your name, but you don’t have to answer other questions.
- You can ask if you are free to go. If the answer is yes, you may walk away calmly.
NOTE: Immigration does not need a warrant or permission to enter the public spaces of a business, such as the dining room in a restaurant. They do need a warrant or permission to enter areas that are not open to the public, such as the kitchen in a restaurant.
You can carry this card with you and hand it to the police or immigration, or slip it under your door if immigration comes to your house:
I am exercising my constitutional rights.
I do not wish to speak with you.
I will not open the door unless you
have a warrant signed by a judge.
Estoy ejerciendo mis derechos constitucionales.
No deseo hablar con usted.
No voy a abrir la puerta a menos que
tenga una orden judicial firmada por un juez.
To learn more about your rights, visit www.immi.org.
Legal help for immigrants
These programs offer free or inexpensive legal services for people with low income:
- Greater Hartford Legal Aid: 860-541-5000
- Connecticut Legal Services: 860-225-8678
- New Haven Legal Assistance: 203-946-4811
- International Institute: Bridgeport: 203-336-0414; Stamford: 203-965-7190; Hartford: 860-692-3085; Derby: 203-751-8696
- The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School: 203-432-4800
- University of Connecticut School of Law, Asylum and Human Rights Clinic: 860-570-5165
- Immigration Advocates Network, www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory
- For referral to an attorney in private practice contact the American Immigration Lawyers Association: 800-954-0254 or www.AILA.org.