What If I Am Not a Citizen and the DHS Contacts Me?
March 23, 2017
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Traffic Stops
April 25, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is unlawful for law enforcement to perform any stops, searches, detentions or removals based solely on your race, national origin, religion, sex or ethnicity.

If I am entering the U.S. with valid travel papers can a U.S. customs agent stop and search me?

 Yes. Customs agents have the right to stop, detain and search every person and item.

Can my bags or I be searched after going through metal detectors with no problem or after security sees that my bags do not contain a weapon?

Yes. Even if the initial screen of your bags reveals nothing suspicious, the screeners have the authority to conduct a further search of you and your bags.

If I am on an airplane, can an airline employee interrogate me or ask me to get off the plane?

The pilot of an airplane has the right to refuse to fly a passenger if he or she believes the passenger is a threat to the safety of the flight. The pilot’s decision must be reasonable and based on observations of you, not stereotypes


Do I have to answer questions?

 No. Minors also have the right to remain silent. You cannot be arrested for refusing to talk to the police, probation officers or school officials except in some states where you have to give your name when detained.

What if I or my child are detained?

If your child is detained at a community detention facility or juvenile hall, they normally must be released to a parent or guardian. If charges are filed against them, in most states they are entitled to counsel (just like an adult) at no cost.

Does my child have the right to express political views at school?

 Public school students generally have a First Amendment right to politically organize at school by passing out leaflets, holding meetings, etc., as long as those activities are not disruptive and do not violate legitimate school rules. They may not be singled out based on politics, ethnicity or religion.

Can their backpack be searched?

School officials can search students’ backpacks and lockers without a warrant if they reasonably suspect that you are involved in criminal activity or carrying drugs or weapons. Do not consent to the police or school officials searching your property, but do not physically resist, or you may face criminal charges.

Remember knowing your rights is your responsibility!!!!

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