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This section provides basic information intended to give immigrants an understanding of their rights under U.S. law during immigration proceedings or if they are arrested and detained by the Department of Homeland Security. The information here should not be considered legal advice, and immigrants and their loved ones are encouraged to seek quality legal advice from the National Immigrant Justice Center or another credible organization.

More information about NIJC's legal services is available in the Services section. For individuals who live outside NIJC's service region, the Department of Justice website provides a listing of free and low-cost immigration legal aid providers throughout the United States.

NIJC also provides numerous resources about how to access certain immigration benefits and protect your rights in the How-to and Know Your Rights sections.