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Trump Administration Rhetoric and MS-13

Trump Administration Rhetoric and MS-13

The Trump Administration is a marketing machine. And it is using the machine to increase fear of immigrants to new levels. It simply puts the idea out there and the media does the rest of his work.

The rhetoric confuses people that anyone they perceive as an immigrant is likely to be dangerous. Not just that, but Trumps links them specifically to the notorious MS-13 gang. Without all of the facts the average American then expects the worst once again. They should be afraid of the MS-13 gang members but not because they are immigrants. They are, quite literally, American gangsters.

According to Snopes MS-13 is a criminal street gang that originated just outside Downtown Los Angeles as early as 1979. In reality, it may be an American export to Central America — not the other way around. President Bill Clinton tried a campaign to get rid of the gang by deporting suspected members back to unstable Central American countries. But the more members the U.S. deported, the more the gang thrived, becoming a danger both in America and abroad.

The New Yorker has reported that the MS-13 is a threat TO immigrants. They target marginalized communities with their violence. The victims now cannot report the gang’s crimes without risking their own deportation. And so, the gang gains more unfettered power.

If the Trump Administration motive was to take down the MS-13 it would follow the proven anti-gang methods… education to prevent people from joining gangs, protect people from deportation when they report gang activity and interventions for the social issues that create motives to join. It is clear to informed people that is not the goal.

Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., has the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges. If you are being labeled as a member of MS-13 we know how to gather the facts to dispute that, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at (510) 488-1020 today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.

What is asylum and who is eligible?

September 11, 2018 | Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

Asylum is a form of immigration status for people seeking protection from persecution or have a fear that they will suffer persecution in their home country. The persecution must be based on one of these circumstances:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Political opinion

For example, a person who lives in a dangerous autocratic country, like North Korea, may be at risk of serious harm or even death for expressing ideas or opinions against the dictator. That person might qualify for asylum in the U.S. if they can prove that fear is credible.

People who are seeking asylum in the U.S. must be present in the country to apply. They lose their eligibility if they do not apply within a year of entering the country. You can find more details here.

If you think you could be eligible for asylum Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.. has the experience to guide you on filing for asylum protection and to advocate for it on your behalf. Please feel free to watch our video regarding how to file for asylum here. Contact your California deportation defense lawyers today and discover what we can do for you.


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