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Immigration Law: Common Defenses If You’re Facing Deportation Part 2

October 20 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

Receiving a notice to appear in immigration court (and facing deportation proceedings) is not only stressful, but depending on your reason for traveling to the United States, returning home could put your freedom and even your life in jeopardy. Fortunately, U.S. immigration law recognizes several defenses to deportation that can allow you to remain in … Continue reading “Immigration Law: Common Defenses If You’re Facing Deportation Part 2”

Immigrants and Human Trafficking

October 19 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

There is special consideration in the U.S. immigration system for victims of human trafficking. You may be able to get a T Visa if you are a victim of trafficking. https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/victims-human-trafficking-other-crimes The U. S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement system created the T-Visa to grant immigration relief to victims of this terrible crime. Human trafficking, also … Continue reading “Immigrants and Human Trafficking”

15,000 Cases Later, Immigration Crackdown Taking its Toll

October 18 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

A federal judge in New Mexico says he is “weary” of an ongoing immigration crackdown. Judge Robert Brack told the L.A. Times that he has “presided over a process that destroys families. In 2010 he wrote his first letter to President Obama asking for a more compassionate approach to immigration. He wrote more letters to the president, and … Continue reading “15,000 Cases Later, Immigration Crackdown Taking its Toll”

Is There a Visa for People With Disabilities?

October 17 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

Undocumented immigrants with disabilities do not get any special consideration for legal status in the U.S. Even if you are disabled you still must apply for legal status by following the process to get a visa, asylum, a green card, or another form of immigration relief. In fact, people with mental or physical disabilities may actually be less likely … Continue reading “Is There a Visa for People With Disabilities?”

Are You Facing Immigration Court Alone?

October 16 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

If you or a family member faces removal from the U.S. for your immigration status, you may end up in court alone. Many immigrants in removal proceedings lack access to an attorney, particularly one who is experienced in immigration law.  Going into court alone does not mean you have to go into court uninformed. You can … Continue reading “Are You Facing Immigration Court Alone?”

Outside the Law: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 4

October 15 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

Shenandoah Valley is a breathtaking section of the Blue Ridge Mountains where they pass through Virginia.  A lawsuit against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center asserts some very ugly things are happening to immigrant youth there. The AP reported in June 2018 that children detained there have made sworn statements that they were beaten while handcuffed, locked in solitary confinement … Continue reading “Outside the Law: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 4”

Detention Centers Turn Detainees into Free Labor: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 3

October 12 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

Detention center operators’ businesses are exploding with Trump Administration immigration policies.  They are holding more and more immigrants every month.  They will continue to grow, as the government is trying to arrest every undocumented immigrant already in the U.S. or trying to cross the U.S. border.  The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office spends more than $2 … Continue reading “Detention Centers Turn Detainees into Free Labor: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 3”

Detained and Neglected Children: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 2

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

The Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” practice of separating immigrant children from their parents attracted international attention, and consequently increased attention on the system’s detention centers for children.  Detention center operators have responded with assurances the children they house receive supportive care and comfortable accommodations. It has been difficult to confirm what the operators say. For example, in … Continue reading “Detained and Neglected Children: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 2”

Detention Center Inspections Without Consequences: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 1

October 10 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

When the Department of Homeland Security investigated conditions in detention centers in 2015 it reported the system “obscures and perpetuates widespread abuses of detained immigrants.” This should surprise no one. Detainees have reported abuses for years.  As recently as November 2017 the National Immigrant Justice Center issued a report that substantiates those claims. Every detention center used by … Continue reading “Detention Center Inspections Without Consequences: The Real Condition of Immigrant Detention Centers, Part 1”

Can My Employer Discriminate Against Me Because I Am Undocumented?

October 09 , 2018  |  Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., By: Maryellen Hess Cameron

The simple answer is no.  However, in the real world, the answer is more complicated. There are federal protections that protect employees against employer discrimination when employers have 15 or more employees. These protections apply to every employee, not just those who have authorization to work. Your employer cannot use your lack of immigration status as a … Continue reading “Can My Employer Discriminate Against Me Because I Am Undocumented?”

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