Do Undocumented Immigrants Have Any Rights in the U.S.?

Do Undocumented Immigrants Have Any Rights in the U.S.?

Many undocumented immigrants living in the United States are unsure about their basic rights as immigrants. Most of them question whether or not they have rights at all, and if they do have rights what are they? Compiled are some of the basic rights of immigrants residing in the U.S. – important information if you or a loved one is facing detainment from ICE or deportation, supplied by US Immigration Bonds.

Employment Related Rights. 

Regardless of your legal status, you have the right to receive at least the minimum wage for full-time work. You are also entitled to over-time wages when you work more than the stipulated hours.

You have a right to be treated and paid fairly at your work-place. You cannot be held in a job against your will and you have the right to keep your passport and other identification documents in your possession. You may request help from unions, US Immigrations Bonds, labor rights, and other groups to report abuse without retaliating and harming your legalization status. You also have the right to seek justice in U.S. courts through the use of an immigration bail bonds service.

Rights of Immigrants against Unlawful Searches and Seizure.

Except in cases of emergencies, authorities are generally required to get a warrant signed by a judge before they can search your home. You have the right to refuse entry into your home, without a valid warrant signed by a judge. To enter an immigrant’s workplace, an officer must have a valid search or arrest warrant, or have permission from the employer. In the event that you find yourself being unlawfully detained, have a friend or family member contact an immigration bail bond immediately.

Rights of Immigrants against Unlawful Arrest.

You have the right against being unlawfully arrested. A U.S. Immigration officer may generally arrest you without a warrant, only if he believes that you are in the United States illegally and that you are likely to escape before a warrant can be obtained for your arrest.

Rights of Immigrants to be represented by an Attorney.

You have the right to talk to an immigration insurance service for immigration bonds, and be represented by an attorney.

Rights of Immigrants to Refuse to Sign Any Document.

You have the right to refuse signing any immigration document, and to request to speak to an attorney before signing such documents.


United States immigrants must realize that even though their stay in the country may be temporary, they still have many of the basic legal rights that U.S. citizens have.