Know Your Rights in the U.S. for Citizens and Non-Citizens (Including Travelers)

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Nyssa P. Chopra
Traveling to the United States is currently a contentious subject, to say the least. Whether you’re a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Green Card (LPR) holder, or U.S. work/tourist visa holder, you have certain rights from the moment you enter the U.S. at the airport or other ports of entry. To be best equipped to deal with any legal problems, here are a list of resources that are worth reading and understanding. At the very least, have this page handy should the situation arise. I will update this page regularly, as needed.

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»  What to Do When Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S. (Source: ACLU)
»  Know Your Rights When Asked About Your Immigration Status (Source: ACLU)
»  Know Your Rights: What to Do If You’re Stopped by the Police, Immigration Agents (ICE), or the FBI (Source: ACLU)
»  Worried About Your Social Media Privacy at the Border? Takes These Steps (Source: PrivacySOS)
»  Law Enforcement Uses Border Search Exception as Fourth Amendment Loophole (Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation)
»  Know Your Rights Series (Source: ACLU)
»  Extensive List of Resources by State


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
National Lawyers Guild
International Rescue Committee
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
Electronic Frontier Foundation