Living in Limbo: A Guide to Understanding Your Rights, Benefits, and Obligations When you Have No Immigration Status

July 30, 2018
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Every year, millions of people wait for Congress to advance a solution that would provide stability for undocumented people and their families. Meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is running roughshod, carrying out the Trump administration’s dangerous, detrimental agenda to make it even more difficult to immigrate to the United States.

Our latest guide, Living in Limbo, produced in collaboration with the Immigrant Legal Resource CenterUnited We DreamImmigrants Rising (formerly known as E4FC), and UndocuMedia will help you understand your rights, benefits, and obligations if you have no immigration status in the United States.

The numbers left waiting and worrying without a pathway to citizenship, protection from deportation, or the ability to work under the Trump Administration has only increased with the limitations placed upon the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain countries. Although federal courts have allowed DACA to continue temporarily, the Trump administration is determined to permanently end it.

Without a solution to this urgent crisis, too many are left with questions about how they can survive, resist, and thrive as an undocumented person in the United States. If this applies to you, this guide will provide you with an overview of your existing options while waiting for Congress to address this issue.


Specifically, Living in Limbo examines:

  • Routes to explore pathways to citizenship or permanent residence
  • Ways undocumented people may earn a living in the United States
  • Federal and state benefits available to the undocumented community
  • Tips on how to protect yourself from deportation

Beyond that, this guide serves as reminder that you are not alone, that society relies on your participation and contributions to our communities.

Together, we can fight anti-immigrant policies and work toward permanent federal legislation that provides a meaningful and humane solution for all of our immigrant communities. Please share this guide with your networks and community.

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