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ICE Detains Immigrant During Green Card Interview

ICE Detains Immigrant During Green Card Interview

A case of an immigrant being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during his green card interview at a Colorado U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has dominated the media in recent weeks. According to published reports, Melecio Andazola Morales, his 21-year-old daughter, and his lawyer, arrived at the USCIS office for a green card interview. Morales had applied for an adjustment of status that would allow him to get a green card, or become a U.S. permanent resident. The interview proceeded normally, with the USCIS officer asking Morales various questions and verifying his documents. The officer then stated that Morales’ application for adjustment of status was recommended for approval, but asked Morales’ daughter to leave the room in order to review one more thing. Three Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents then entered the room and detained Morales, physically pushing his interview and interpreter from the room and closing the door on them. ICE later stated that Morales’ previous order of removal had been reinstated and he would remain in detention until removed from the United States. Immigration authorities previous issued an order of exclusion to Morales when he attempted to enter the U.S. in 1997. Morales then reentered the U.S. in 1998, and has remained here since that time. According to ICE, Morales had committed a felony under federal law that carries a sentence of 20 years in prison because he reentered the U.S. after being removed. Morales’ adult daughter is now facing the prospect of dropping out of senior year at Yale University and getting a job to support her three younger siblings. She likely will lose her scholarships to Yale if this occurs. As a result, Viviana has been desperately trying since the date of her father’s detention to reopen his immigration case. This is only one example of the kinds of arrests by ICE that have occurred on a regular basis since Trump took office at the beginning of 2017. The skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get detained immigrants released and defend them against removal from the country. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.

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