As immigrants and refugees, it's even more important for us to know our rights. Perhaps, most importantly, is to not let anyone into your home without a signed warrant from a judge. Please find below more information about the rights of immigrants and refugees living in Arkansas.
- Request a phone call to your immigration attorney or other emergency contact.
- Use your Know Your Rights card. Remember your right to remain silent and say you will not sign anything before speaking with your attorney.
- Request a copy of all papers your attorney submits to the judge as part of your case.
In Immigration Detention Center
- Request a copy of all papers in your case.
- Request to be released on bond.
- Get their full name and any aliases
- Get their Alien Registration Number (A#). This can be found on any document that immigration provides. This is usually an eight or nine-digit number.
- If you don’t know where your loved one or friend is being held, you can locate them using this government website: https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do
- Get a Copy of Notice to Appear (NTA - Form I-862). This is the charging document that the US government will use to outline their case. It is very important to understand the charges.
- Read the NTA carefully since it may contain errors that may affect the case one way or the other. (It is important to pay attention to any hearing dates. These are usually found at the end of the first page of the NTA)
- The Immigration Court date. If you do not know when the court date is, call the Immigration Court’s Toll Free Hotline: 800-898-7180.
- This is an automated system and you will be prompted to enter your loved one’s A#. There are four different options; access all of them as they may have crucial information related to your loved one’s case
PREPARE AN EMERGENCY PLAN IF YOU ARE DETAINED AND GATHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS INTO ONE FILE. LABEL THIS FILE “CONFIDENTIAL” AND TELL SOMEONE OF TRUST WHERE YOU WILL KEEP IT. MAKE SURE IT CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS:
- Notarized Letter of “Power of Attorney” for: Your children, home, pay, car, and bank accounts
- Signed G-28 to be used by an immigration attorney
- Signed DHS privacy waiver authorizing disclosure to a third party to give someone who is not an attorney access to information about you
- Birth Certificates for your children if you are a parent
- Documentation providing how long you have been in the USA (Especially if you have been here for more than 2 or 10 years)
- Proof of education (If you studied in the USA)
- Medical Information for you, your children, or any other dependents, including a HIPPA Agreement to get medical records
- Awards or documentation that shows involvement in your community
- Your Passport or other identifications
- Any other immigration or legal documents