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President Trump signed two Executive Orders on immigration, which include:

  • Building the physical border wall
  • Increasing detention space
  • Expanding who will be considered a priority for deportation
  • Involving state and local law enforcement officers in immigration enforcement (and punishing localities that refuse to be involved)
  • Increasing the number of Border Patrol and ICE officers.

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Many asylum applications are denied because the applicant is unaware they must file within one year of entry into the U.S. Asylum seekers, who are detained at the border and then placed in removal proceedings, generally do not receive notice of this deadline until the first hearing. Due to significant backlogs at the immigration court, however, few are scheduled to appear in court within one year of their entry.

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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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Immigration law attorney Carolina Antonini was interviewed by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jeremy Redmon for his article, "Immigrants in Georgia anxious following Donald Trump's election victory." The article discusses the fears that many immigrants have about Trump's vow to crack down on illegal immigration, including the potential cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process.

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