Non-Criminals Targeted for Deportation

As reported by NBC News, “ICE arrests of noncriminals increased 66 percent in the first nine months of the 2018 fiscal year over the same period a year earlier”.

The article warns that the danger of deportation is now more probable for people with minor offenses, such as traffic violations. It cites the case of Ruben Moroyoqui, a 45-year-old mechanic in Tucson, Arizona, who was simply pulled over while he was picking up some auto parts, asked for his license, and, immediately afterwards, about his immigration status. The police simply handed him over to ICE without ever charging him with any traffic violation, according to his attorney, cited in the article.

Similar cases are presented in the NBC’s piece, with the conclusion that being put in deportation procedures is now more and more the default option not only for drug kingpins or people suspected of high crimes, but for any small offense. The entire article is HERE

As with any news of increased harshness on the part of the authorities against immigrants that have still not resolved their immigration status in the US, we advise that you seek the help of an immigration lawyer immediately, so that you can be informed about your legal rights, should such circumstances occur.

Immigration Services Available for Those Affected by Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut

Re-parole or changing immigration status are two of the services offered now by the USCIS to certain immigration applicants.

USCIS has posted a host of immigration services offered to those affected by the last two hurricanes that hit mainland US this month. This is an effort to afford some flexibility to those that might experience hardships in their immigration process due to these events. Please be advised, these are discretionary services and available only upon request to the qualified individuals. Please read the entire list of services and conditions that apply, HERE

Please familiarize yourself with what USCIS considers “Special Situations” and what exceptions you can benefit from should they apply to you, here: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations

As always, if you feel that you need more clarifications and that your case might benefit your own case or that of someone you know, feel free to contact us as soon as possible.

AILA’s Reaction to AG Jeff Session’s Remarks

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a speech to a gathering of newly minted immigration judges, Attorney General Jeff Sessions further revealed his contempt for the fundamental principles of America’s legal system, as well as for those in the legal profession who dare to challenge his narrow view of the world. The Attorney General compared immigration lawyers and federal criminal defense lawyers to “water seeping under an earthen dam,” and perfunctorily concluded that they have no duty or interest in upholding the integrity of the system. These comments are a shocking statement from the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and reflect his disdain for lawyers who take a solemn oath to uphold the law, as well as a complete disregard for the role of independent judges in overseeing our adversarial system. America’s judicial system is the envy of the world, and the lawyers and independent judges who are sworn to uphold its integrity play a critical role in protecting it.

AILA calls on the Attorney General to retract his offensive comments and calls on Congress to pass legislation to create an Article I immigration court, one that is independent from the Department of Justice and that ensures a robust process and an unbiased arbiter.

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

George Paul Tzamaras
Senior Director, Communications and Outreach
American Immigration Lawyers Association
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