Know Your Rights

What to say if ICE knocks on your door:

I do not wish to speak with you, answer your questions, or sign or hand you any documents based on my 5th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution. I do not give you permission to enter my home based on my 4th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution unless you have a warrant to enter, signed by a judge or magistrate with my name on it that you slide under the door. I do not give you permission to search any of my belongings based on my 4th Amendment rights. I choose to exercise my constitutional rights. These cards are available to citizens and noncitizens alike.


Usted tiene derechos constitucionales: • NO ABRA LA PUERTA si un agente de inmigración está tocando la puerta. • NO CONTESTE NINGUNA PREGUNTA de un agente de inmigración si el trata de hablar con usted. Usted tiene el derecho de mantenerse callado. • NO FIRME NADA sin antes hablar con un abogado. Usted tiene el derecho de hablar con un abogado. • Si usted está afuera de su casa, pregunte al agente si es libre para irse y si dice que sí, váyase con tranquilidad. • ENTREGUE ESTA TARJETA AL AGENTE. Si usted está dentro de su casa, muestre la tarjeta por la ventana o pásela debajo de la puerta.

May 21, 2018


President Trump announced the elimination of DACA although current recipients of DACA may apply for a final renewal.  DACA establishes some criminal bars to eligibility - a conviction of any of the following may bar a grant of DACA: any felony (offense with a potential penalty of more than one year); three misdemeanors not arising on the same date; and one significant misdemeanor (a sentence of more than 90 days (not including suspended sentences) was imposed, or the crime involves drug trafficking, firearms, domestic violence, driving under the influence, burglary, or sexual abuse or exploitation). In many cases, DACA has been denied if a domestic violence offense was charged – even if the person was convicted of a non-domestic-violence offense such as disturbing the peace. People believed to be gang members will be barred  and another common disqualifying offense is Driving Under the Influence (DUI).


When a conviction is expunged in California, the conviction normally retains its negative immigration consequences.  But in the context of DACA, USCIS has treated expunged convictions as discretionary bars rather than per se.  Therefore, expungement may be of some value in the DACA arena.  Vacating a disqualifying conviction would be a surer bet but takes longer and is harder to get. It should be emphasized that any person who has a conviction, no matter for what, should consult with an attorney before applying for any immigration benefit.  

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