Know Your Rights

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump made several far-reaching and severe proposals regarding immigration and undocumented immigrants.  In the opening days of his office, he has begun to sign executive orders to fulfill those campaign promises and more are rumored to be on the way. 

Despite this, there are still many questions as to the extent to which these presidential actions are legally binding and we are still awaiting actions by Congress and the courts to determine what specifically it will mean for California and its local jurisdictions.

In the meanwhile, for those that are undocumented or otherwise have questions about their resident status, it is important to know that their rights have not changed.

Since this is a quickly evolving issue, it is important that residents are reassured that the state of California will be closely monitoring the situation and is ready to respond as conditions require. Indeed the Legislature is already in the process of drafting legislation that seeks to preemptively protect California’s immigrant population in a number of issue areas.

There are also a host of resources including umbrella organizations and regional service providers across this state that can assist residents facing immigration issues and local state Assembly offices can help you access those resources:


Durante su campaña para presidente, Donald Trump hizo varias promesas trascendentales y severas propuestas sobre la inmigración y los inmigrantes indocumentados. En los primeros días en su puesto, comenzó firmando órdenes ejecutivas para cumplir con sus promesas de campaña y se cree que más vienen en camino.  

A pesar de esto, todavía hay muchas preguntas sobre si estas acciones presidenciales son jurídicamente vinculantes y todavía estamos esperando las acciones del Congreso y las cortes para determinar qué específicamente significan para California y las jurisdicciones locales. 

Por el momento, para aquellos que son indocumentados o tienen preguntas sobre su status de residencia, es de suma importancia tener en cuenta que sus derechos no han cambiado. 

Como esto es un tema que evoluciona rápidamente, es de suma importancia que los residentes tengan presente que el estado de California estará monitoreando la situación con mucho cuidado y está lista para actuar y responder cuando las condiciones lo requieran. Ciertamente la Legislatura ya se encuentra en el proceso de escribir un borrador sobre una legislación que busca de forma preventiva proteger a la población inmigrante en un numero de temas en el área. 

También existe un gran número de recursos para asistir tal como organizaciones y servicios regionales a través del estado que están dispuestos a ayudar a los residentes que tengan temas inmigratorios, y las oficinas locales de los asambleísta demócratas también le pueden ayudar a tener acceso a esos recursos: 

*Esta información no tiene la intención de ser asesoría legal.
*This information is not intended as legal advice.

General Questions?

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Website: https://www.aclu.org/
Northern California: (415) 621-2493
Southern California: (213) 977-9500
San Diego & Imperial Counties: (619) 232-2121

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Website: https://lafla.org/
(800) 399-4529

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Website: http://www.chirla.org/
1-888-6CHIRLA or (213) 353-1333

Student Resources

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Website: https://www.ilrc.org/
San Francisco: (415) 255-9499

California Immigrant Policy Center
Website: http://www.caimmigrant.org/
Los Angeles: (213) 250-0880
Sacramento: (916) 448-6762
Oakland: (510) 451-4882

Health Care Questions

California Department of Health Care Services

Office of Legislative and Governmental Affairs
Website: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov
Medi-Cal Assistance: (916) 440-7500

Immigration Legal Resources by County

Humboldt, Lassen, Shasta and Siskiyou

SEACM, A Ministry to Refugees and Immigrants
2315 Placer St. Redding, CA 96001
Website: http://seacmredding.org
Phone: (530) 241-5802

Sacramento

McGeorge School of Law – Community Legal Services
3200 5th Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817
Website: http://www.mcgeorge.edu
Phone: (916) 340-6080

San Joaquin

California Rural Legal Assistance (Stockton Office)
145 E. Weber Ave. Stockton, CA 95202
Website: http://www.crla.org
Phone: (209) 946-0605

Fresno

California Rural Legal Assistance (Fresno Office)
3747 E. Shields Ave. Fresno, CA 93726
Website: http://www.crla.org
Phone: (559) 441-8721
Toll-free:  1-800-242-2752

Central California Legal Services
2115 Kern St., Ste. 1, Fresno, CA 93721
Website:  http://www.centralcallegal.org
Phone: (559) 570-1200
Toll-free:  1-800-675-8001

Alameda

Centro Legal de La Raza
3400 E. 12th St. Oakland, CA 94601
Website: http://www.centrolegal.org
Email: info@centrolegal.org
Phone: (510) 437-1554

East Bay Community Law Center
2921 Adeline St. Berkeley, CA 94703
Website:  http://www.ebclc.org
Email: webinquiry@ebclc.org
Phone:  (510) 548-4040

San Francisco

AIDS Legal Referral Panel - Immigrant HIV Assistance Project
1663 Mission St., Ste. 500, San Francisco, CA 94103
Website: http://www.alrp.org
Phone:  (415) 701-1200, ext. 313

Los Angeles and Orange

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Website:  http://www.advancingjustice-la.org
Email: info@advancingjustice-la.org
Phone:  (213) 977-7500
Toll-free:  1-888-349-9695

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles - Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
1530 James Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Website:  http://esperanza-la.org
Phone: (213) 251-3505

Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
421 South Bixel St., Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Website: http://www.salef.org/
Phone: 213-480-1052

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Los Angeles: 2845 W. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005
Day Labor Center: 1675 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
San Fernando Valley: 16501 Sherman Way, Ste. 245, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Website: http://www.carecen-la.org/
Phone: (213) 385-7800, ext.136

Imperial and San Diego

Casa Cornelia Law Center
2760 5th Ave., Ste. 200, San Diego, CA 92103
Website: http://www.casacornelia.org
Email: lawcenter@casacornelia.org
Phone: (619) 231-7788

ABA Immigration Justice Project of San Diego
2727 Camino del Rio South, Ste. 223, San Diego, CA 92108
Website:  http://www.americanbar.org/ijp
Phone: (619) 255-8810