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.
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.
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.
Within one week of being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America, President Trump has made good on two immigration-related campaign trail promises, namely: Building a wall to secure the Southern Border and 2. Enhancing the internal security of the U.S. through prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens.
Happy New Year! Here we are, a few weeks into the New Year and the inauguration of President-Elect Trump is upon us. For better or worse, like any new political administration, we should expect change. While promises made on the campaign trail are often meant to be broken, some presently existing programs may go away. This is not meant to instill fear. Instead, it is meant to encourage you to apply for what you can now. Laws don't change overnight and cannot be retroactive in their application even if changed. Please, let us help you get an application for relief started before it's too late.
To file for adjustment of status from a non-immigrant visa classification to legal permanent resident, there are several pre-requisites. Top Orange County Immigration law firm, Wilner & O'Reilly describe here the conditions you need to meet to file for adjustment of status from inside the United States of America. • You must be physically in the United States if you want to apply for legal permanent residence in the US. In case you are outside the US, you must get an immigrant visa at a United States Consular post in that country.