Social Media Hoaxes Feed Fear of Deportation

Social Media Hoaxes Feed Fear of Deportation

While social media can be an excellent way to disseminate information quickly to a large number of people, it is also notorious for spreading rumors that later prove to be false. One recent example concerns a social media hoax involving immigration checkpoints set up in Los Angeles in order to commit mass deportations. More specifically, stories were circulating on social media that police had set up checkpoints in order to deport immigrants present in the U.S. with no legal status. In response to these stories, law enforcement officials are warning individuals not to fall for these scams, which are simply untrue. In fact, Los Angeles law enforcement authorities state that the only checkpoints present during Super Bowl weekend were DUI checkpoints, which police set up and execute every year, often around major events or holidays. Immigration advocates claim that immigrants are increasingly likely to believe these hoaxes, often spread on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, simply as a result of increased fears about removal under the Trump administration. The initial detention of various immigrants arriving at American airports after Trump issued his first travel ban further has fueled the fears of many immigrants, and particularly those hailing from those countries whose population is overwhelmingly Muslim. Another common hoax is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are conducting random immigration raids in order to deport large number of people. According to ICE, however, their officials are working to dispel these false reports and help eliminate these rumors from social media. Social media is a useful tool for all individuals in many ways, but it also can produce falsehoods that only make matters more concerning for immigrants. Get the facts on potential removal and learn what you can do to avoid it altogether. We can use the evidence in your case to build a strong defense to deportation. Our Bay Area immigration lawyers know how to put you in the best position possible to remain in the U.S., where you and your family can build a better life. We want you to share in our American dream. Contact Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., today, and schedule your consultation today with one of our skilled, experienced deportation defense staff.
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