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.

Sanctuary Cities Fight Trump’s Deportation Plans

The current president won election by promising to “build a wall” and deport “murderers, drug dealers and rapists” from Mexico and other Central American countries . Once he was elected he instructed ICE to pick up every undocumented immigrant convicted or even suspected of committing non-violent crimes. Our immigration attorneys have over 25 years of combined experience assisting with fighting the deportation of undocumented immigrants. If you have a criminal record, whether minor or serious, it is essential to allow an experienced immigration lawyer to review your record to see how it could affect one’s immigration status.

His plan to build a wall at US taxpayer expense will probably fail as his plan to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare failed last week. If states like California, New York and others and cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles continue to fight Trump on providing sanctuary to deserving immigrants intent on remaining in the U.S. this plan of President Trump will fail also.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-york-trump-sanctuary-cities_us_58d9890ae4b0f805b322c76f?f7t&

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.

US Visa Applicants must provide travel history and social media

The U.S. State Department has issued instructions to all 120 consulates around the world to require all applicants for tourist visas for both business and tourists to provide up to 15 years of past travel history as well as documents showing their social media and email contacts. Your immigration attorneys have filed business and family visas for hundreds of clients during that last 20+ years.

These new instructions will surely slow down what is all ready a long visa application process. If you have any questions about the requirements for admission on a visa, please contact our immigration lawyers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/ 03/23/us/politics/visa- extreme-vetting-rex-tillerson. html?hp&action=click&pgtype= Homepage&clickSource=story- heading&module=first-column- region&region=top-news&WT.nav= top-news&_r=0

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 demand records of ICE detaining undocumented workers

The State of California has filed FOIA requests to determine the scope of ICE detentions in California of undocumented workers, many of whom have no criminal arrests or convictions. President Obama had a policy of allowing DHS prosecutors to decline to place non criminal aliens in deportations proceedings. However, Trump has vowed to reverse all of Obama’s executive orders.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-freedom-of-information-ice_us_58ba13d3e4b05cf0f400c527?hlklwv084thme7b9&

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.

DACA Beneficiary To Be Deported Without Court Hearing

The sister and daughter of two Argentines recently detained by ICE now
faces deportation herself by speaking out about her family’s detention and
according to DHS can be deported without a hearing.

Unfortunately that is a true statement of the law. Ordinarily an
undocumented alien, present in the US for more than 10 years (she arrived
when she was 7 years old) is entitled to a court hearing. Unfortunately,
due to the fact she did not renew her DACA status due to insufficient
finds, She no longer has deferred action from deportation.

In addition having arrived on the visa waiver program immigration courts do
not have jusirdiction over visa waiver violators.

There has been much discussion about whether “Dreamers” should refile for
DACA prior to the two year expiration date. This story may indicate one
should. However, competent legal counsel should be consulted to weigh the
pros and cons of re filing. What are the risks in case the president
abolish DACA? In most cases the benefits outweigh the risks. However, the
facts and circumstances of each applicant should be considered before
deciding what action to take.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dreamer-deportation-daniela-vargas_us_58b8920fe4b0d2821b4cc632?oakr09x07hu5mnp14i&

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.

Trump’s Expansion Of Deportation Unconstitutional

In past administrations, before the President issued an executive order
regarding immigration it was vetted, by among others, White House Counsel,
the Justice Department under the attorney General, DHS and other
governmental agencies. Many immigration attorneys and other advocates
believe his executive orders on immigration are unconstitutional.
The new president in order to quickly fulfill his so called campaign
promises to his supporters, bypasses all of these legal safeguards and
instructs his White House Assistants, none of whom have had any
governmental experience, to write up an Executive Order which he signs in
the presence of cameras and issues the orders to DHS and ICE, governmental
agencies charged with deportation instructions.
After his “Muslim Ban” was struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals, Trump vowed loudly and tweets to “meet them in Court”. Later his
staff agreed to not “meet them in Court” and withdrew the Appeal.
He has since issued additional immigration related executive orders
concerning “Expedited Removal”This order will also be subject to judicial
review.
Our immigration lawyers have assisted numerous undocumented immigrants
with 10 years presence in the US or with a spouse, or child over 21, or a
parent who is either a lawful permanent resident or US citizen has the
right to a court hearing to determine whether they are eligible to remain
in the US and apply for permanent resisdence.

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.

Trumps Deportation Plan Becomes Clear

The President’s new executive order, other than excempting DACA recipients from deportation, affects just about every other undocumented immigrant, particularly those who do not have 10 years of presence in the US or American family members: a spouse, children or parents who are residents or citizens. Our immigration lawyers have helped thousands of clients who are placed in immigration court or need waivers or other relief from deportation

And the plan includes current visa holders as in student visa holders or specialty worker visa holders who are arrested or accused of even a minor traffic violation.

The plan seeks to hire an additional 10,000 ICE and border patrol agents to actively seek out undocumented immigrants.

Fortunately, as this article states, anyone living in this country has the right to due process of law. This is particularly crucial to parents of US citizens who have been present for more than10 years. They have a right to a court hearing, as well as representation by an immigration attorney, to weigh the hardship to family members in event of a deportation against the initial violation of law, that is entering the US without benefit of a visa and remaining in the US for one year thereafter.

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.

All Undocumented Immigrants Subject to Deportation

The Department of Homeland Security has released the much anticipated Executive Order prioritizing undocumented immigrants approved and signed by President Trump on 2/21/17.

The president’s campaign promises to prioritize ” violent criminals” has been expanded by this order to include anyone who entered the U.S. without benefit of a visa regardless of the lack of a criminal arrest or conviction.

The only class of aliens not subject to this order are DACA recipients at this time. Our immigration lawyers have reviewed these executive orders and are at least optimistic, at this point, that the millions of children who qualify for DACA as a result of being brought to the US as children are not targeted by ICE at this time.

The order authorizes the arrest of anyone DHS or ICE has probable cause to suspect an immigration law has been violated. That of course could apply even to valid visa holders who have briefly overstayed their visa and remained in the U.S. regardless of a criminal conviction.

Fortunately, many undocumented immigrants who have been continuously present for more than 10 years in the US, are the parents, spouses or minor children of lawful permanent residents or US citizens, without a serious criminal conviction, are entitled to an immigration court hearing. If that is the case and one is detained they should contact family immediately to discuss the matter with an immigration attorney.

However, ICE and DHS agents are routinely arresting undocumented and pressing them to give up the right to a court hearing and accept voluntary departure or expedited removal. In the event the detainee accepts this grant of voluntary departure, often to be taken out of custody and returned to their home country, they face a 10 year ban from returning to the US even if they have a family petition pending before the USCIS. The same goes with expedited removal. Below is a link to an article in the Reno-Gazette Journal on this breaking story.

http://www.rgj.com/story/news/ nation/2017/02/21/donald- trump-homeland-security- issues-deportation-memos/ 98190192/

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.

CE Detains Victim of Domestic Battery

A victim of domestic violence was recently detained for deportation proceedings by ICE when she appeared in court to testify at her abuser’s court hearing. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) under President Obama cooperated with local law enforcement in protecting victims and witnesses of violent crimes with a U Visa to allow them to remain in the US long enough to obtain justice against their abuser and in some cases remain here with a work permit and protection from deportation, is now seeking to deport these victims and allow the abuser, often a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, to avoid criminal liability.

In other words the Trump administration,under the pretext of protecting Americans from violent crimes Is currently, in cases such as this, punishing the victim with deportation for 10 years and allowing the criminal to go free.

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.

Trump Threatens to Revoke Funding for Sanctuary Cities

As the president ramps up deportations in the US by hiring more ICE agents and threatening States and Cities with loss of federal funding for police and other law enforcement, undocumented immigrants feel threatened by this new administration. The administration threats to state and local governments must be met with resistance not compliance. Our immigration lawyers are prepared to defend undocumented immigrants in immigration court. Our lead immigration attorney has more than 15 years of experience in immigration court.

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.