Immigration Under The Trump Administration
Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law Group’s Special Website on Election Impact
The 2016 presidential election may be causing anxiety for many of you. We at Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law Group are also very concerned, but we have emphasized a few things that will make the situation easier to bear in our blog post: The Immigration Impact of the 2016 Election.
It is important to know that the election of President Donald Trump was not a referendum on immigration despite efforts to characterize it so. Even though it was often drowned out by the negative noise generated during the election, the fact remains that the American public overwhelmingly supports continued immigration as well as updating our immigration system.
We can, though, expect an atmosphere of stricter enforcement of the immigration laws. Therefore, now is the time to contact us to apply for any immigration benefits or relief that you are eligible for.
Please know that we at Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law Group support you and are here to help you in every way possible to navigate your immigration issues. We will continue to vigorously represent our clients before USCIS, Immigration Court, the Federal Courts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Patrol. Most importantly, we pledge to continue fighting for humane and fair immigration outcomes that protect families, businesses and those needing safe haven. We deeply value immigrants, and we know our work in this anxious period is more important than ever. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the impact on immigration because of this year’s election, please, do not hesitate to contact us or call us at 404-850-9394.
We are here to help you and we pledge to continue to keep you updated of possible changes in immigration law or policy via this immigration page, our blog, and social media.
March 27, 2017 Update - Trump’s Executive Orders – Round Two
On January 27, 2017 the President signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” In addition to a chaotic and poorly coordinated roll out, the order also fell victim to several lawsuits that stopped implementation and enforcement of the order. On February 3rd, a federal district court in Washington State issued a nationwide temporary restraining order. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision on February 9th.
For more information, please read our full article: Trump's Executive Orders - Round Two.
February 23, 2017 Update - DHS Publishes Memos Regarding Implementation of Trump’s Executive Orders
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week released two memos implementing the President’s Executive Orders on immigration enforcement. We have an article where you can read the two new memos implementing President Trump's executive orders on immigration enforcement.
For more information about the two new memos and what it means legally, please read our full article: DHS Publishes Memos Regarding Implementation of Trump’s Executive Orders.
February 10, 2017 Update - Trump Immigration Ban Update
Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate President’s Trump’s travel ban from seven largely Muslim countries. At this point in time, there is no travel ban. The court agreed with the states of Washington and Minnesota that the travel and refugee bans violate US laws and the Constitution. We agree! Read the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to refuse to reinstate President Trump's travel ban.
Non-US citizens still need to be very careful when traveling outside of the US. For more information, read our post on travel information for non-us citizens travelling outside the US.
February 9, 2017 Update - ICE Operations
In light of the recent ICE operations in the Atlanta area, Antonini & Cohen offers some helpful tips.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has created three "know your rights" handouts which include important information to know before ICE visits your home or employer, or approaches you in public:
February 7, 2017 Update - Trump Immigration Ban & Immigration Policy
How Will the Trump Administration Affect Your Immigration Status?
Are you concerned about how President Trump’s executive orders and plans will affect you and your family? Here are some important updates.
What Has Trump Done So Far? Through Executive Orders, Trump has ordered:
- 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
- Increasing detention space
- Restricting travel and visa issuance temporarily for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen
December 12, 2016 Update - Donald Trump on Immigration
DACA in the new administration – a glimmer of hope.
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.
In an interview with Time magazine, Trump signaled a willingness to work with the approximate 741,000 undocumented foreign nationals currently receiving benefits under the DACA program: “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud…They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.” Although this is far from a promise, it is cause for some level of hope.
Moreover, four U.S. Senators, two Democrats and two Republicans, have introduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act. If passed, the BRIDGE Act would keep in place through legislation the benefits currently provided through DACA.
Thus between Trump’s apparent softening of his stance on DACA and bi-partisan introduction of the BRIDGE Act in the U.S. Senate, there is some cause for optimism.
The Antonini & Cohen team is here to answer any questions you might have regarding immigration and the impact of the election on immigration. So please, do not hesitate to call us with any questions you might have!
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