You are working hard to make a living in America trying to achieve the American dream. You are waiting for citizenship but wonder if it will ever happen for you and your family. So many people want opportunities here, but new rules and stricter governmental oversight are stopping them in their tracks.
Are you prepared to confront these challenges and navigate your way through the complex landscape of American immigration laws, procedures and policies?
Know your constitutional rights
The Constitution governs America. This document guarantees rights to the people of America and binds citizens, lawmakers and government officials to it. However, if you are not a citizen yet, or do not even have legal documentation to be here, you may be unsure what your constitutional rights are.
It may surprise you to learn that certain provisions under the constitution apply to you as well and that you may benefit from its protections. Here we will look at the main provisions that may protect you as an immigrant.
The Fourth Amendment
The Fourth Amendment protects people “against unreasonable searches and seizures.” If immigration officials come to your door, they cannot enter your home until they have a warrant that a judge has signed.
The Fifth Amendment
This amendment says that “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.” This means you can remain silent and refuse to answer questions if police or the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement comes to your home or workplace. You may benefit from the “due process of law.”
The Sixth Amendment
This amendment says that in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall “have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” This means you have the right to legal counsel. You do not have to sign or say anything until you have spoken with an attorney.