Know Your Rights: Federal Immigration Enforcement

Last updated July 12, 2019.

Statement from Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs:

“The Trump Administration’s threats of immigration enforcement have many families worried. The de Blasio Administration wants to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, know that they have rights and protections under the law. If you are worried about what the President’s actions could mean for you and your loved ones—particularly if you have ever been in deportation proceedings, have received an order from immigration court, or have concerns about your immigration status—call the ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 to receive free and safe immigration legal help.

In the face of heartless raids that would tear families apart, we remain steadfast in our commitment to defend immigrant communities. It is critically important for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, to know that you have rights and protections under the law if you are approached by federal immigration enforcement in your home, on the street, or in public. New York City—your City—has your back and offers free and safe immigration legal help through ActionNYC.” 

Fact Sheets

If you are approached by federal immigration enforcement agents, such as ICE, be aware that you have rights. Download our fact sheet to learn more about what to do in an encounter with immigration enforcement.

Fact Sheet: Know Your Rights with ICE [English]
Fact Sheet: Know Your Rights with ICE [Spanish | Español]
Fact Sheet: Know Your Rights with ICE [Chinese (Simplified) |  简化字]

The Immigrant Defense Project has also developed materials on rights in encounters with federal immigration enforcement that we’re sharing with the community: 

English

More languages are available here.

The City has invested over $48 million in immigration legal services so that immigrant New Yorkers have access to case representation, emergency planning (such as parental designations and standby guardianship planning), and more. City-funded providers are available through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 1-800-354-0365.

English Infograpghic of getting asssitance by calling the hotline at 1-800-354-0365

Download this infographic in the following languages:

English

Bengali | বাঙালি

Chinese (Simplified) |  简化字

Haitian Creole | kreyòl ayisyen

Russian | русский

Spanish | Español

Punjabi | ਪੰਜਾਬ

Arabic | العربية

Nepali | नेपाली

Albanian | shqip

French | français

Korean | 한국어

Polish | Polskie

Tagalog | tagalog

Urdu | اردو 

 

Know Your Rights (KYR) events are held across the city to help inform New Yorkers about their legal rights, including when interacting with federal immigration enforcement. 

In 2018 alone, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) conducted nearly 700 forums in immigrant communities.

Additionally, nine community organizations partner with MOIA to conduct KYRs across the city specifically about federal immigration enforcement.


Avoiding Fraud

Particularly in moments of fear, immigrant communities are vulnerable to immigration legal services fraud. New Yorkers can avoid fraud from scammers and notarios by consulting trusted and qualified immigration legal services providers. City-funded providers are available through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 1-800-354-0365.

For more information about avoiding fraud, please visit our page here.


Immigrant Caregivers & Standby Guardianship

Immigrant caregivers can appoint a “standby guardian” to take care of their child, in case they are separated from their child through immigration arrest, detention, or deportation. 

A “standby guardian” is a person who is acts as a “backup” caregiver in case the primary caregiver is unable to take care of the child because they are arrested or detained by immigration authorities or deported. You can find help designating a "standby guardian" through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 1-800-354-0365.