Know Your Rights for People Seeking Asylum

Federal policies affecting people seeking asylum in the United States are changing rapidly. The following resources describe how the U.S. asylum system works in general. Some resources come from nongovernmental organizations, while other resources are provided by ACLU state affiliates along the U.S.-Mexico border. Resources may not be updated to reflect the most updated current conditions. Due to Title 42, a federal health rule that the U.S. government says is necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic, very few people are being allowed to apply for asylum at the border. 

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

A Guide to Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and the Convention Against Torture

This guide was prepared and updated by the staff of the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project and was written for immigrant detainees in Arizona who are representing themselves in their deportation proceedings. This guide is not intended to provide legal advice or serve as a substitute for legal counsel. 

Know Your Rights Videos

These videos provide information for people who have recently arrived and want to know more about the immigration court process, requesting asylum, and their rights in the United States.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Asylum Seekers in Immigration Court

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) put together answers to the questions received from adults who are not in detention and who are in deportation proceedings in immigration court.

Frequently Asked Questions for People Seeking Asylum in Immigration Court  (English) 

Preguntas Frecuentes - Asilo Defensivo (Spanish)

Kesyon paspatou (Haitian Creole)

California Welcoming Task Force

The California Welcoming Task Force developed informational materials in various languages for people seeking asylum in the California-Mexico border region:

 

Know Your Rights at the Border

 
 

General Know Your Rights Information for Immigrants from national ACLU

Know Your Rights | Immigrants’ Rights (aclu.org)  (Some material available in up to 15 languages)

 

Border and Immigrants’ Rights Information from the ACLU affiliates in Arizona, San Diego & Imperial Counties, New Mexico, and Texas