Know Your Rights.
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
This guide was prepared and updated by the staff of the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project and was written for people in immigration detention in Arizona who are representing themselves pro se in their deportation proceedings. This guide is not intended to provide legal advice or serve as a substitute for legal counsel.
A Guide to Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and the Convention Against Torture
These videos provide information for people who have recently arrived in the United States and want to know more about the immigration court process, requesting asylum, and their rights in the United States.
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
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
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:
The ACLU has developed an extensive Know Your Rights page for immigrants. Some material is available in up to 15 languages.
More specific guides include:
Know Your Rights within the 100-mile border zone (various languages)
Know Your Rights for people detained by Border Patrol near the border (English)
ACLU state affiliates along the U.S.-Mexico border have a long track record of holding border agencies accountable. Learn more about border litigation, advocacy, and rights for people seeking asylum at the border from each affiliate.