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.

Immigration Lawyers Pleased DACA Will Continue

Our immigration attorneys were very pleased to hear that the Department of Homeland Security announced on June 16, 2017 that it will continue the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals program for those who were brought into the U.S. by parents. This program allows those were were brought into the U.S. before the age of 16, and prior to June of 2012, who are currently enrolled in or have graduated from high school or a high school equivalency program, and who have not been convicted of certain crimes, to obtain work authorization and deferral from deportation.

Our immigration lawyers have helped numerous people who are eligible for these programs and have even obtained permanent residence or green cards for those who we have discovered are eligible for other forms of relief through I-601A waiver of inadmissibility, military parole in place, and other programs further described on the remainder of our websites.

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.

Reinstatement of DACA by Federal Court

A young DACA recipient who was arrested for providing a false address to authorities brought suit against the Dept of Homeland Security which granted a preliminary injunction against the federal government and ordered USCIS to reconsider its termination of her work authorization and deferral od deportation. Our immigration attorneys have recently met with the family of a recent DACA recipient who was detained under similar circumstances, despite not being convicted of any charges.

Her conviction for giving a false name was deferred by the criminal court and once she had completed the diversion program her conviction was dismissed. Her lawyers took this to the U.S. District Court seeking an injunction to protect her from deportation and allow her DACA petition to be re-examined by USCIS.

Since the conviction was dismissed her attorneys argued to the federal court that she was eligible for the DACA program. The Court agreed.

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.

Reinstatement of Prior Deportation Orders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE under President Trump are looking to reinstate 970,000 Orders of Removal and Deportations, over 80 percent of which are involving non-criminal aliens. Over the years many undocumented immigrants with criminal charges have been placed into immigration court following a conviction of a serious crime including Domestic Battery, Drug Convictions and multiple convictions involving theft or driving under the influence. Our immigration attorneys and criminal defense lawyers have experience in representing undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions or those who face future prosecution.

However, in many cases over the years, non-criminal alines have come to the attention of the Immigration Courts in other ways. They could have been apprehending at a factory for working without authorization. They could have filed for adjustment of status through a family member which was denied. Or they may have filed for a work authorization through asylum and been placed into immigration court proceedings and failed to prove a credible fear if they had to return to their home country.

Our immigration Lawyers have over 20 years of combined experience in fighting deportation for our clients.

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 Critical of US Attorney General

Immigration Lawyers are increasingly leery of new US Justice Department
Policies attempting to limit availability of aliens contesting deportation
after serving time in prison. In the past criminal defendants who are also
undocumented immigrants could be released after serving time and thereafter
proceed to an Immigration Court in their local communities where they have
family support. Our immigration attorneys have experience fighting
deportation for our clients in immigration court as well as in criminal
courts in Reno, Las Vegas, Sparks, Carson City, Las Vegas and Humboldt and
Storey County, Nevada. Below is an excerpt on this issue:

Attorney General Sessions Announces Expansion and Modernization of
Program to Deport Criminal Aliens Housed in Federal Correctional Facilities

“We owe it to the American people to ensure that illegal ali
ens who have been convicted of crimes and are serving
time in our federal prisons are expeditiously removed from
our country as the law requires,” said Attorney General
Sessions. “This expansion and modernization of the Institut
ional Hearing Program gives us the tools to continue
making Americans safe again in their communities.”
The expansion and modernization of the IHP program will
occur in the following three ways:

1) ICE, BOP, and EOIR will expand the number of active
facilities with the program to a total of 14 BOP and 6
BOP contract facilities; 2) EOIR and BOP will increase each facility’s VTC
capabilities and update existing infrastructure to aid in the
ability to conduct removal proceedings; and 3) EOIR and ICE will finalize a
new and uniform intake policy. EOIR and ICE expect to have reached
agreement on this new intake process by April 6, 2017.

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.