This has been found to be inherently true by most immigration practitioners:
“Often, migrants do not receive copies of deportation documents and have little understanding of the processes they have undergone and the related legal ramifications. When U.S. officials prevent migrants from accessing critical information and processes, they further deprive individuals of their possible legal opportunities to present immigration claims.
“Given the escalation of immigration enforcement, the problems identified in this report are only likely to multiply. If not addressed, the behavioral patterns leading to abuses could spawn mass constitutional rights violations.”
“We encourage community members at risk to review their safety plans and tips for how they can defend their rights if they encounter ICE,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director, National Immigrant Justice Center. “All people have the right to remain silent. If stopped or arrested, you do not have to answer an immigration agent’s questions. If an immigration agent knocks on your door and does not have a warrant, do not open the door.”
“Since the court’s ruling, ICE appears to have ramped up its efforts to make the lives of Iraqis in custody so unbearable that they will ‘voluntarily’ sign away their rights to reopen their immigration cases or pursue asylum,” the ACLU explained. “The Iraqis have been singled out and denied food, water, and access to the restroom.”
Congress must act now and pass legislation, like the bipartisan Dream Act, to protect Dreamers from deportation. The President’s decision to end DACA has endangered the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers, who were brought to this country as children. These young people are integral to our country, communities, and economy. An overwhelming majority of the American public agree that granting legal status to Dreamers is the right thing to do. Join AILA in telling Congress to act now on legislation to protect Dreamers. Take Action today.
Naturalization is an important milestone in the path toward U.S. citizenship. The decision to apply for citizenship is a very personal one. To help you prepare, many community organizations and social service providers, including USCIS grant recipients, offer citizenship classes and assistance with the naturalization process.
FIND A CLASS BY ZIP CODE VIA THE USCIS WEBSITE HERE: https://my.uscis.gov/findaclass
Immigrants, especially legal residents, with drug convictions, may see new relief in the 2nd Circuit (New York, Vermont & Connecticut). Recent 2nd Circuit case, Harbin v. Sessions, now makes it more difficult for the Department of Homeland Security to pull legal permanent residents into deportation proceedings based on convictions involving drugs.
Speak to your immigration lawyer immediately, especially if you are presently in removal proceedings, to check on whether this new development can help your case.
Also features Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Riz Ahmed a.k.a. Riz M.C. Ahmed plays Imperial Cargo Pilot Bohdi Rook, who changes his allegiances after understanding the true evil of the Empire – the creation of the Death Star in secret, away from the prying eyes of the galactic press core. He decides not to follow orders and finds his end in sacrificing himself in the quest for top secret information.
Is this too on the nose?
Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programming, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Immigrants (We Get the Job Done):
Central American Refugee Center (CARACEN) reports:
In an important decision, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that an immigrant cannot be stripped of citizenship for making minor misstatements. In the case of Maslenjak v. United States a woman who lied about her husband’s immigration status during an interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) was stripped of her citizenship.