Immigrants Fear Immediate Crackdown After Trump Takes Office

Immigrants Fear Immediate Crackdown After Trump Takes Office

In the weeks immediately following the dawn of the Trump administration, immigrants, who had been fearing an immediate crackdown on the enforcement of immigration laws, witnessed their worst fears coming true. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up hundreds of immigrants in targeted raids across the nation. ICE reported detaining almost 200 people in the Carolinas and Georgia, over 150 people in and around Los Angeles, and about 40 people in New York. Although ICE characterized the raids as routine, Trump soon took to Twitter to take credit for keeping his campaign promise. Trump signed an executive order soon after taking office that permitted ICE agents to target and detain almost any immigrant living in the United States without proper legal status, not just those immigrants with criminal records. The recent immigration raids and promises of continued immigration enforcement have created a culture of fear throughout immigrant communities nationwide. Families are afraid to go to school, church, or the hospital, lest they be separated and deported. In some cases, immigrants whom the government previously had declined to deport found themselves in detention facilities awaiting removal, such as the Phoenix mother of two who pled guilty 10 years ago to using a false ID in order to get a job as a janitor. At a routine check-in with immigration officers, she was deported to Mexico. In response, immigration advocates have attempted to quell those fears by educating immigrants on their rights. They advise immigrants to refrain from talking or signing any documents without the advice of a lawyer, and to not answer the door to anyone without a warrant. Some residents also have set up a phone tree; if someone hears about an immigration raid, he or she will call five people, who in turn will call five people, and so on. We are the California deportation defense lawyers whom you can turn to if you or a loved one are facing deportation charges or are detained for the purposes of deportation. We monitor immigration changes in the law as they occur, and we are always up-to-date with newly-issued rules and regulations. No matter how complex or difficult the situation may be, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and skills to represent the interests of both you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings.
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