It’s important for everyone to know their rights if approached by an immigration (ICE) agent as well as how families can best prepare for something happening. This resource provides practical tips for things immigrant families can do now to prepare as well as information on rights everyone has in the United States, regardless of immigration status.
Family Preparedness Planning
Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status.
Financial Emergency Action Plan for Immigrants
MAF’s new Financial Emergency Action Plan for Immigrants is an action-oriented tool that offers concrete tips to help families plan ahead and keep their money and belongings safe in the case of an immigration emergency.
Immigration Resources for Schools
As a trusted institution in immigrant families’ lives, schools can play a critical role in ensuring immigrant families have access to important information and resources.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still available and the government is still accepting and approving DACA initial and renewal applications. However, the program could be terminated at any time, so it is important to stay up to date.
DACA Renewals and California Driver’s Licenses
This advisory explains how USCIS delays in processing DACA renewal requests can impact California driver’s licenses and what steps individuals can take to obtain a valid driver’s license while they wait for their DACA renewal and once they have received their renewal.
Unaccompanied Minors & The New Executive Orders
The Republican Administration has already issued multiple immigration-related Executive Orders and implementing memoranda. These orders and memoranda touch on nearly all areas of immigration enforcement, including the treatment of immigrant children. In this resource, we address possible ways that UACs may be affected by these sweeping changes. Keep in mind that we do not know how these policies will play out in practice, and there will likely be legal and advocacy challenges to their implementation.
Rights of Lawful Permanent Residents
Permanent residents continue to have all the same rights. This one-pager provides information on your rights as well as things to keep in mind if you want to travel outside the United States, have been convicted of a crime, or are eligible to naturalize to become a U.S. citizen.
Marijuana Use and Possession for Noncitizens
These flyers inform community members of the fact that it is very dangerous for any noncitizen, including a permanent resident, to discuss marijuana use with any official. This is true even if the person used marijuana in their own home and it was legal under the law of their state (because of medical or legalized marijuana state laws). Get legal counsel and get informed!
Considerations for LGBTQ Immigrants
LGBTQ immigrants enjoy the same rights under immigration law as all other non-citizens. However, there are some areas where LGBTQ immigrants might face unique challenges. This resource is an outline of some special considerations for LGBTQ immigrants.
Fair Treatment Denied
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) released a new report, Fair Treatment Denied: The Trump Administration’s Troubling Attempt to Expand “Fast-Track” Deportations. This report, using data from the Center for Migration Studies, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), estimates the current and future undocumented population that could be affected by the different potential expansions of expedited removal.
- Fair Treatment Denied: The Trump Administration’s Troubling Attempt to Expand “Fast-Track” Deportations
Naturalization Reduced Fee Option and Fee Waiver Practice Advisory
Economic Contributions by Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS Holders Report
Immigrant Post-Conviction Relief Project Intake Form
If you are a non-profit legal service provider and think that your immigrant client might benefit from post-conviction relief, please complete this form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This form can also be modified and used as a template for organizations interested in expanding their own post-conviction relief practice.
Understanding Allegations of Gang Membership/Affiliation in Immigration Cases
The purpose of this advisory is to help immigration advocates better understand how law enforcement in the United States documents and alleges gang membership or association, such that advocates are able to identify red flags in cases, and are better prepared to work with clients to assess possible risks in filing for relief.