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Know Your Rights

The ACLU Foundation of Northern California works with communities to make sure people are informed about their rights. When you know what the law says, you can better protect yourself, your family, and your community.

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ICE at Door
What to do if ICE confronts you Do NOT open your door. ICE can’t come into your home unless they have a signed search warrant or you let them in. If officers are at your door, ask them to pass the warrant under the door before you open it. An arrest... Read more
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The Traveler's Bill of Rights
Now more than ever, it's important to know your basic constitutional rights when entering the United States from abroad. If you believe any of your rights were violated or wish to report mistreatment at an airport or land Port of Entry in California... Read more
My School My Rights - Know Your Rights
Looking south above en:Interstate 80, the Eastshore Freeway, near en:Berkeley, California on a Saturday afternoon. en:Emeryville, California is at the towers, en:Aquatic Park (Berkeley) is visible to the left. To the right is the east shore of the en:San Francisco Bay. Picture taken by Minesweeper on May 14, 2005.
Donald Trump has proposed sweeping changes in immigration policy and it's unclear how these changes will play out in practice. In the meantime, AB 60 remains in effect, and each applicant should make their own decision about whether to apply. Read more
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Stop immigration holds.
California's TRUST Act limits local jails from holding people for extra time just so they can be deported. Learn about "ICE holds" and find out if and when they would apply to you. Read more
Latino family with American flag.