IMMIGRATION EQUALITY RESOURCES
- Immigration Equality website - A useful website with many immigration-related resources.
ACLU Immigrant's Rights Project
- ACLU Immigrant's Rights Website - An excellent resource for all immigrants. Know your rights!
MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN IMMIGRATION LAW
What is a CRIME INVOLVING MORAL TURPITUDE and why do I care?
DACA and DAPA Eligibility Criteria
IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL CONDUCT FOR NON-CITIZENS
- There are a lot of legal terms that have special meanings in the world of immigration law. The Immigrant Legal Resources Center has this excellent summary of common terms and laws related to immigration consequences of criminal conduct (sometimes referred to as "crimmigration law").
- If you were convicted of a crime by the State of Maryland, this guide to immigration consequences of Maryland criminal conduct created by the University of Maryland Law School may be a useful resource.
- Immigration Relief Toolkit for Criminal Defenders
KNOW AND ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the US Department of Homeland Security runs a nationwide enforcement program that aims to identify, arrest and remove undocumented immigrants with a prior order of removal, deportation or exclusion. One of the most common reasons that non-citizens are ordered to be removed from the United States is that they have been found guilty by a criminal or traffic court of a deportable crime or traffic offense. As a result, non-citizens can face significant immigration-related consequences if found guilty of a crime or certain traffic offense. Therefore, it is critical that non-citizens understand their constitutional rights and how to protect them whenever they come in contact with the police or other government agents. The US Constitution provides citizens and non-citizens alike with important rights when it comes to encounters with law enforcement agents and the criminal justice system.
First and foremost, click here to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.
To protect your rights, YOU MUST ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS. To easily assert your rights, you can print one of the "Red Cards" produced by the Immigrant Legal Resources Center. You should present your Red Card to any law enforcement agents (police, FBI, ICE) whenever they want to ask you questions or conduct a search of you, your personal property (including bags or your car), or your home. Click on the following links to print a Red Card. Be sure to carry it with you and give it to any law enforcement agents in the event that you are stopped or questioned for ANY REASON.