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Tips From The American Immigration Council:
In this uncertain time, the American Immigration Council offers suggestions to Immigrants to understand their legal rights, including the right to (remain silent) refuse to speak to immigration officers or to refuse to open the door to ICE officers (unless they have a Warrant) and the right to an attorney to represent you. The American Immigration Council also suggests having a safety plan in place in case you are involved in an enforcement action, including letting a friend know where to find your Immigration and other important documents and having a pre-arranged agreement with someone to care for your children during any detention. And importantly, to avoid “notarios” and other non attorney immigration services which may file inappropriate immigration forms on your behalf which put you on the USCIS “radar” and may result in an ICE action against you.
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Tips On Surviving This New "Trump" Anti-Immigrant Era
In a crushing victory recently which shocked many in the U.S. and around the world, Trump has been elected as the Forty Fifth President of the United States. And while Hillary Clinton won the “popular vote”, the majority of electoral votes went to Trump, taking many experts by surprise, resulting in a large number of Americans experiencing a feeling of disbelief, despair and fear about the possible negative ramifications it may have for our country.
But those who may have the most to fear are Immigrants, particularly those who are currently benefiting from President Obama’s liberal Immigration policies which generally only favor deportation of criminal Immigrants and ignore most other Immigrants living in the U.S., who have not committed serious crimes.
And most importantly, the many Dreamers who currently have the protection of the DACA (“Deferred Action under the Childhood Arrivals”) program from President Obama’s 2012 Executive Actions, which remain in effect.
Along with his promise to build a “great” wall across the U.S./Mexico border, which most believe will never happen, Trump has also promised his supporters to deport millions of Immigrants once he takes office, not only criminals, but also including those who entered the U.S. legally but are currently out of legal status and the so called “undocumented”, who entered the U.S. illegally. Trump has threatened to “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties” referring to Obama’s 2012 and 2014 Executive Actions on immigration, DACA and DAPA programs. And since DACA and DAPA are Presidential programs which do not require Congressional action, Trump does have the power to cancel them immediately.
The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains in effect for kids brought to the U.S. before June 2007 prior to their 16th birthday, providing DACA status and work authorization in three year renewable periods. The 2014 expanded DACA would allow kids who were brought to the U.S. by January 2010 prior to age 16 to obtain the same status and DAPA for Parents of Americans and Residents to have DAPA status and work authorization, however the courts have delayed implementation and the programs remain in limbo. The Trump victory means certain termination of these Executive measures, dashing the hopes and dreams of millions of Immigrants in the U.S., hoping to come out of the shadows and live the American Dream.
So the question is, before Trump officially becomes President on January 20, 2017, what measures can Immigrants take to prepare for possible negative changes in Immigration policies? At this point, no one can say for sure and we can only hope that once Trump takes office, and discovers the awesome responsibilities of the position, he will perhaps temper his extreme positions on Immigration and take a more practical approach which does not include the deportation of millions of Immigrants!
But as a safeguard, Immigrants should:
File DACA or Renewal Now :Immigrants who are clearly eligible for any current Immigration program or status should apply as soon as possible, in hopes that a Trump “cancellation” of any existing program will only affect future applications and not those who currently hold the “status” or are awaiting approval. This is particularly true of DACA eligible Immigrants who may be eligible to apply for first time benefits or renewals now.
Apply For Immigration Benefits You Are Eligible For Now: Those who are eligible to apply for residency through a real marriage (for love, not for immigration purposes) or through a U.S. Citizen child and those eligible for waivers under Obama’s current waiver program may want to apply sooner, rather than later.
Do Not Do "Fake Marriage" or File For Immigration Benefits You Are Not Eligible For: Immigrants should avoid applying for benefits that they clearly do not qualify for, like those who engage in "Fake Marriage" Immigration or apply for asylum just because they can receive work authorization after applying even though they clearly don’t have a strong case for asylum, since swift deportation upon denial may become a reality soon.
Stay Out Of Trouble: Don't engage in activities which could result in any criminal prosecution. Be mindful of your teenage children, try to explain the serious consequences of any reckless adolescent behavior or criminal conduct, no matter how minor.
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