From a purely legal perspective, the term “immigrant” means one who intends to reside permanently in the United States. Thus, if one is in the United States on a student, work or tourist visa, he is not an immigrant. In common language, however, we generally refer to any person living in the United States who is not a citizen as an immigrant. Thus, the term immigrant as used here refers to a) legal permanent residents, a/k/a “green card holders” or documented immigrants, b) undocumented immigrants, and c) visa holders, that is, persons who do not intend to reside permanently in the United States. This article sets forth some of the rights that “immigrants” have because they live in the United States.
Below are six things you should know about the rights of immigrants:
In recognition of the fundamental precept of the Declaration of Independence that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” the United States grants persons – immigrants and citizens alike – certain fundamental rights. To better understand these rights or if you have a question about immigration, please contact Michael M. DiCicco, a partner at Bathgate, Wegner & Wolf.
Read Michael DiCicco's article Four Things About Immigration That You Should Know
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