Immigration Lawyers Oppose ICE in Courthouses

Our judicial system is under attack from one of the very agencies charged with protecting it; namely, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE, its enforcement arm. All of us, including the undocumented, have the right to pursue actions in court whether it be to seek protection from an abuser or bring an action on a debt someone owes.

However, ICE is using the Courthouse as a convenient location to pick up the undocumented even without a warrant. Our immigration attorneys stand ready to protect those who are targeted by ICE.

For those who are concerned about appearing in court they should contact an immigration lawyer prior to determine what their rights are and what protections they have against police abuse especially Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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 Argue DACA Was Constitutional

The current president ended DACA on March 5th of this year arguing it was unconstitutional for his predecessor to take executive action to grant DACA relief to 800,000 “Dreamers,” or undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Then President Trump stated that if Congress did not legislate DACA into law he would reconsider starting up te program again by executive order. This argument of course undermines the Justice Departments argument that the original Obama Order was unconstitutional beyond the executive powers of the president.

Our Immigration attorneys are looking for other options for our DACA clients who may be able to adjust status to permanent residence through marriage to a U.S. citizen or resident spouse, military parole-in-place, or other options such as asylum and cancellation of removal.

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. 

Court Orders DHS to Release DACA Documents

The California Attorney General and other interested parties have convinced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to order the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release documents related to President’s Trump ending of the DACA program. Our immigration attorneys helped hundreds of clients file for and renew DACA before the program was terminated and are now looking for other options through I-601A waivers, adjustment of status, military parole in place, etc.

Despite Trump’s promise to work out a solution to protect Dreamers he and his party have done nothing to protect these deserving Dreamers. And time is running out since many of the 800,000 youths who have DACA will soon see their work permits terminated if Congress fails to take action.

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. 

Dreamers Encouraged by Democratic Support for Dream Act

Those whose DACA programs will expire next year because of Trump’s Executive Order are looking to the Democratic Party to get the Dream Act adopted. If Republicans expect Democrats to support a federal budget for 2018, which must pass early next month, they may have to compromise on the Dream Act in order to get that budget passed.

Our immigration attorneys have started to look for other options for our DACA clients whose work permits are expiring or are set to expire within the next two years. These include I-601A waivers or pardons, adjustment of status to permanent residence through spouses and other families and military parole in place.

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 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.