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Immigration Under the Trump Administration

– US Supreme Court Lets DACA Program Continue

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Inmigración Bajo la Administración de Trump

– Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. permite que DACA continúe

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In light of the recent ICE operations in the Atlanta area, Antonini & Cohen offer some helpful tips


If ICE comes to the door:

  • DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR unless ICE has a valid warrant. Ask if they have a warrant and to slide the warrant under the door. The warrant must be signed by a judge. Do not run. Call your attorney if you have one. If the warrant is valid, open the door, exit and close the door behind you to protect the other house residents. Do not resist arrest.
  • DO NOT SIGN any documents that you do not understand. Insist that you will fight your case, will have a lawyer and wish to see a Judge. Do not agree to self-deport.
  • DO NOT SPEAK or say anything except your name, if you have immigration documents, if you have a case pending or an immigration attorney representing you. Do Not lie. Be respectful.
  • TAKE INFORMATION regarding the event, name of officer, badge number. Video tape or record the incident if you can.

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The unexpected election of Donald Trump shocked many Americans as well as those in the immigrant community. Those most vulnerable – unauthorized non-citizens who were brought to the U.S. as children - fear a rollback of President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. While it is completely understandable to be anxious, pessimistic and worried about the new administration’s prospective moves on immigration, there is some basis for a degree of optimism.

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Here are some things to take note of in regards to the Form I-9 and your immigration status.

There are many people who try to come to the United States every year for work and many who are already here, hoping to obtain full citizenship. Last year alone, 779,929 people were naturalized1 as US citizens. When working, citizens and non-citizens alike are required to fill out a Form I-9 to verify that they are legally able to work. What non-citizens may not realize, though, is that misrepresenting themselves on this form could cost them the ability to obtain status, permanent loss of status they may have, or the ability to become naturalized US citizens.

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If you have a final removal or deportation order, you can ext your stay by applying for deferred action.

When an alien has a final order of removal, there is nothing preventing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from physically deporting that person back to their home country. For many families, the separation caused by physical deportation creates stress and emotional pain for everyone involved.

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