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Gulf Coast Immigration Information Center

This page contains information for immigrants about their constitutional rights and best practices for dealing with law enforcement.

The United States Constitution provides certain rights to everyone in the country, including noncitizens. The resources listed below provide general legal information about the rights of noncitizens, but the information provided may not be applicable to your situation. To find an attorney or legal aid program in your area, visit the Community Resources page.

  • "Tools to Defend Your Rights" / "Guias para proteger sus derechos" (National Immigration Project / Proyecto Nacional de Inmigración - Español + English): This page includes a variety of resources for the community on how to respond to immigration enforcement activity. It includes one-page guides, as well as more elaborate planning tools.
  • "Deportation Process After Arrest" (Immigrant Defense Project and Center for Constitutional Rights - English):  Information on how to locate someone who has been detained, and typical procedures following an arrest.


All the information on these websites and documents are meant to provide useful basic information about immigration law and detention. Please note that many of these resources originate from other jurisdictions and that the law in those jurisdictions may vary from that of the jurisdiction of your case. Under no circumstances do these resources constitute legal advice. It is always in your best interest to consult with an attorney competent in the area of law applicable to your case.