Generally, a sanctuary city is viewed as a place where individuals without lawful immigration status may reside without undue fear of targeted raids, harassment, and mass deportation. So-called sanctuary cities do not provide immunity to those residing in the U.S. without status. Anyone who resides in the United States without authorization is at some risk of deportation.
Recent developments in immigration law have certainly caused a great deal of fear and worry among immigrant families. Fear can either propel to action or can immobilize and paralyze. In recent articles, it has been our goal to offer words of hope. Having correct information and knowledge should empower, and prepare those who are uncertain about their future in the United States.
On March 6, 2017, President Trump made a second attempt at protecting the nation from the submission of foreign terrorists. However, this "watered down version" of the same titled first order was blocked by federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii.
Q: What are my rights if immigration officers ("ICE") come to my house?Even if you are in this country without valid status or are undocumented, the U.S. Constitution affords certain rights. You don't have to open the door or let the officers into your home unless the immigration officers have a valid search warrant, signed by a judge. A warrant is a document signed by a court or authorized government agency. Keep in mind that an ICE deportation/removal warrant or arrest warrant is not the same as a search warrant. The officers cannot enter your house without the search warrant unless you give them verbal permission to come inside. Your verbal permission is called "consent." You have the right to see the search warrant before the officers enter your house (for example, you can ask them to slide it under the door). You can also talk with the officers at the door, without letting them inside.
Recent executive orders signed by President Trump, have sparked widespread discussion within the immigrant community. U.S. immigration laws and policy are centerstage. Much of what is being discussed within the immigrant community, although well intentioned, can often be misguided and misleading. In this current situation, having an immigration expert educate you so you can make an informed decision is of course a wise plan.
Talent transcends borders. It permeates through all obstacles because there is a global demand for skilled labor. The United States is no exception. American corporations need access to the best minds to remain competitive. That is why the United States allows international students with college degrees to remain here after graduation. America is not interested in watching talent leave its shores-it wants to keep it for itself.
Individuals with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are able to apply for travel permits ("advance parole") under very specific sets of circumstances: visiting sick relative(s), school or work related travel. If you currently have DACA or believe you might qualify for DACA, reach out to us so we can help determine if you may obtain a travel permit. Returning to the U.S. with advance parole may entitle you to apply for immigration beneficts if you are otherwise eligible. Contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.
On February 20, 2017 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a Memo outlining the new enforcement priorities for ICE. People that are priority for removal are those that:
Immigration policy and enforcement continues to evolve undergoing a large shift and uncertainty abounds. Undocumented immigrants fear ICE knocking at their door and those with lawful immigration status, but who are not yet U.S. citizens, are also uncertain. Concern is understandable, and in times like this it is of the utmost importance that you have the highest level of legal representation in your immigration matters. We hope this brief article alleviates some of those concerns.