Immigration Lawyers Contest DACA Rescission

Lawyers representing DACA beneficiaries are asking a federal judge to rule on President Trump’s ending of DACA by Executive Order. Lawyers argue his order is unconstitutional and not properly based on regulations enforcing the Immigration and Nationality Act. Our immigration attorneys were helping hundreds of people who were brought to the U.S. as children, are persons of good moral character, have graduated from high school and are otherwise eligible for the DACA program.

At this point, we are looking at other options for these clients as their work authorization expires. However, there is hope that the program could be restored or the rescission put on hold by a number of these law suits. For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Republican Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona is supporting an extension of DACA to allow recipients who qualify to continue to receive work authorization and deferral of deportation and a new version of the Dream Act which would be a “pathway to citizenship”. In the opinion of our immigration lawyers a ten year program to apply for permanent residence is much too long a period of time.

Moreover, there are officials in the White House who are opposed to any extension of DACA and no pathway to citizenship for past DACA reciepints. Congress has only 5 months left to pass legislation before DACA will no longer become available. Many of our clients, whose DACA benefits expired between September 5 and March 5, 2017 had to rush in order to file for their DACA renewals prior to October 5th. However, at this time our immigration attorneys are hoping to find other ways our DACA clients can apply for legal status in the U.S., such as through marriage to a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

California Law Protects Undocumented Immigrants

Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law a provision declaring the State of California a Sanctuary City opposed to the Trump Deportation Surge which has relied on local law enforcement to assist ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in detaining and seeking to deport the undocumented. Our immigration attorneys have noticed an increase in the amount of people being detained and placed in removal proceedings during the last year.

The Obama administration had prioritized only criminal aliens for deportation but all that changed after the election whereupon ICE started detaining all undocumented immigrants regardless of a lack criminal convictions, placing a hold on on them preventing bail, often flying them to a distant location in the US, away from family members and seeking to deport them on an expedited basis.

Our Immigration Lawyers are hopeful that California’s new law on Sanctuary will encourage other states, including Nevada to adopt similar policies. Local law enforcement has resisted cooperation with ICE as it discourages immigrants from reporting crimes or assisting police in other law enforcement issues.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Immigration Lawyers Fight ICE Detainers

Since the new administration in Washington DC, ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) has sought to detain the undocumented upon arrest by local police, place an ICE Hold on them prevent them from obtaining bail and send them to Immigration Court even in many instances when they have not been convicted of a crime.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court just ruled such conduct improper and a violation of one’s right to stand trial to contest the criminal charges against them

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

Immigration Attorneys Support Dream Act

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been urging Congress to pass the Dream Act since 2007. Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama announced they would sign the bill into law allowing DACA recipients to self petition to Lawful Permanent Residence that would also create a path to citizenship.

This year if the bill passes both Houses of Congress we are hoping that the current president will sign the same into law. Our Immigration Attorneys keep up to date on any changes in immigration law.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099.

Dream Act Reintroduced in Congress

The Dream Act, first introduced in the U.S. Senate back in 2007, has been reintroduced by a Republican and Democratic senator and, if approved by Congress and signed by the President, would allow DACA holders to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States despite having entered the U.S. without benefit of a visa before the age of 16 and before the year 2007. Our immigration attorneys applaud the re-introduction of this bill as we have helped hundreds of young people file for work permits in Norther and Southern Nevada as well as California. Recipients under the bill must of course demonstrate good moral character as DACA recipients have done. This would also create a path to citizenship for so called Dreamers, who would be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization after having resident status for 5 years.

First proposed under the administration of President Bush and then reintroduced under the administration of President Obama, neither president was able of obtain passage of the legislation in Congress. After several years of attempting passage and facing opposition by the Republican controlled Congress, President Obama, by executive order granted “early arrivals” those entering under the age of 16 and before July of 2007 to apply for a two year work permit with USCIS and receive protection from deportation until the Dream Act becomes law.

President Trump has not done away with the DACA, or Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals, program but the White House is yet to release a statement about the proposed bill.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099.

Immigration Lawyers Fight for Bond in Court

When immigration attorneys are defending their clients from deportation, often the first challenge is to obtain a bond for their clients so that they are released from ICE custody and can return home to contest deportation. With a new president the Department of Homeland Security is attempting to deny bond or have bond set so high, $25,000.00 to $35,000.00, an amount most families cannot afford in order to force that family to give up the fight before the court or to conduct a very quick hearing so as to lessen ones chances before the Immigration Judge to remain in the U.S. When one is released on bond, there is usually much more time to fight decoration as those who remain detained in custody usually have their cases expedited.

If a reasonable bond amount can be reached and that is done with an immigration lawyer arguing for a low bond in a court hearing, the person being held in jail can be returned to their family and have a year or more to gather evidence to fight deportation.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099.

ICE Using High Tech Tools to Detain Immigrants

Not only is DHS under the Trump Administration relying upon google searches, Facebook research and other tools to research one’s immigration status and arrest and conviction records, they are employing other high tech tools to fight international terrorism and to target visa overstays and those who entered the US. Our immigration attorneys make sure to check social media and internet resources on our clients and advise our clients to also be careful about what they post on social media and the web.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099.

Immigration Lawyers Fight Presidents Deportation Plan

Immigration Attorneys who are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an organization of which our attorneys are members, are meeting in New Orleans this week to among other matters discuss how best to protect their clients from this new administration.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET: “Funding for a Massive Deportation Machine”

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 6/19/17

The Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request would dramatically increase immigration enforcement and border security funding. Most troubling, the budget would increase immigration detention by 66 percent; daily detention levels would be expanded to hold more than 51,000 people.1 The Administration also requests $300 million above current spending levels to hire an additional 500 new Border Patrol officers and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.2 The request includes $1.6 billion that would fund portions of a wasteful and operationally ineffective southern border wall.3 It also follows through on the Administration’s misguided commitment to divert Department of Justice (DOJ) law enforcement funding to be used instead to criminally prosecute individuals apprehended while crossing the border, many of whom come here seeking asylum and pose no danger to public safety.

The Administration’s funding increase will enable it to deport thousands of families and people who have strong ties to the United States and pose no threat to public safety. Already, in the first 100 days of the new Administration, immigration arrests by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations have shown an increase of 157 percent in the arrests of individuals with no criminal convictions.5 In other words, the Trump Administration is increasing apprehensions of undocumented people whom the vast majority—9 out of 10—Americans believe should be granted permanent legal status.6 Funding a mass deportation machine is not what Americans want and is not going to strengthen our nation.

Immigration Attorneys Fight Deportation Reinstatements

Under our previous president, non-criminal aliens were able to ask the government for deferral of their prior removal orders if they were placed into immigration court under the doctrine known as prosecutorial discretion. Our immigration attorneys were able under the previous administration to seek prosecutorial discretion for numerous clients but that has becomes more difficult under the new president and his enforcement priorities. This temporary reprieve from removal was granted if the person in immigration court had U.S. citizen or legal resident family members they were supporting in the U.S. and did not have a significant misdemeanor or a felony conviction. Our immigration lawyers and criminal defense attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience determining the immigration consequences of criminal consequences.

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099.