Trump’s Immigration Actions

President Trump’s immigration actions have many immigrants worried about how it all will affect them. Here we have summarized what plans Trump has announced, what actions he has already taken, and what it all means for you. Our firm focuses solely on immigration and is dedicated to helping immigrants work through these new changes. If you need to fix your legal status, now is the time to do it. Give us a call today and set up a consultation to find out what options are available to you.

Trump's immigration actions


End of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Since June 15, 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (also known as “DACA”) has been a program that allowed certain undocumented immigrants to get a temporary work permit. To qualify, you had to have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and met an educational requirement.

– On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of DACA. –

However, there are a number of things you need to be aware of:

  1. If you currently have DACA, it is still valid.  Your work authorization is still valid until the expiration date that is found on your card.
  2. First-time DACA applications filed after September 5, 2017, will be denied.  Don’t even try to submit an application now.
  3. If you currently have DACA and it will expire on or before March 5, 2018, you can still renew it! But you need to act immediately. A one month period has been reserved for renewal applications to be submitted. After October 5, 2017, renewal applications will no longer be accepted.
  4. Advance Parole (permission to travel outside of the U.S.) will no longer be given to DACA recipients. If you already have advance parole, it is still valid but you probably should not travel with it.  New and pending DACA applications will not be granted permission to travel abroad.
  5. You probably won’t be deported.  The priority of immigration enforcement is still to remove criminals. If you have missed the boat with DACA and are not a criminal, you should not be targeted. However, you need to talk to an immigration attorney as soon as possible to find out what options are still available.

– How this could be a good thing! –

Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who arrived as children could get only a temporary work permit. President Trump is pressuring Congress to come up with and implement a better solution.  Legislation has already been filed for the new “Dream Act.”  This means that it is entirely possible that permanent residency may become available to childhood arrivals. Moreover, DACA was an executive action. If a new program is passed by Congress, it will be a permanent solution.


New Enforcement Priorities

DON’T GET ARRESTED!!!

Priorities:

  1. Removable aliens who have been convicted of ANY criminal offense;
  2. have been charged with any criminal offense that has not been resolved;
  3. have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
  4. have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter before a government agency;
  5. have abused any program related to the receipt of public benefits;
  6. are subject to a final order of removal but have not departed;
  7. or otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.

Note that this does not make an exception for anyone who was once charged with a criminal offense but has since been acquitted of those charges. So, please do not get arrested.


End of Catch and Release

If you are caught crossing the border you will not be allowed to enter and wait for your hearing.  If you decide to fight your removal, you will be detained until your case can be heard.


Expand Expedited Removal

Allows for the removal of people without a chance to see a judge. This is mainly for people who have been here less than two weeks.

Many people getting caught on border will get this now, along with the penalties that come with it.


Children Travelling Alone

Parents will be prosecuted for encouraging their children to show up unaccompanied.  Please do not encourage your child to come to the United States unaccompanied.  Not only is it dangerous for your child, but you could have major legal problems, including potential jail time.


Secure Communities Restored

  1. Requires local law enforcement to share information with DHS about individuals in its custody.
  2. Authorizes DHS to issue detainers to local jails and correctional facilities for the purpose of holding an individual until ICE can take custody, even if it is beyond the scheduled release date.
  3. So, if you get arrested, Immigration will likely be notified.

Local Police

President Trump wants to expand the role of local police in immigration enforcement.


End Sanctuary Cities

If ICE has a hold on an immigrant, there really is no safe city to go to.


VOICE – “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement”

Victims and families will be provided with information about the offender, such as immigration status and custody status, and will answer questions regarding enforcement efforts.


Increase number of ICE agents

Hire 10,000 new ICE agents as well as the operational and mission support and legal staff necessary to support their activities.


Establishment of Programs to Collect Civil Fines and Penalties

This targets illegal aliens and those who facilitate their unlawful presence (employers).


Temporary Ban on Immigration From Certain Countries

Temporarily stop all immigration from certain Muslim countries, including all refugees, until a harder vetting process can be implemented.


BUILD THE WALL

President Trump has asked for billions of dollars to build a wall that will do very little to stop illegal immigration.


Reform Immigration

President Trump wants to reform immigration in general. Who knows, it might be a good thing that he got elected.


SUMMARY

If there is something you can do to fix your legal status, do it now.

Otherwise:   Be patient. Don’t rob a bank. Be a good person. You might just get to stay.