IMMIGRATION UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
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.
Trump Immigration Updates
The Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court to hear the decision of a California federal court’s order that temporarily paused a move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program without first allowing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals review.
The Trump White House attempted to end DACA on September 5, 2017. Soon after, several states sued in federal court to stop termination of DACA. This past week the court ruled that USCIS must continue to accept certain DACA applications, as detailed below. On Saturday, January 13, 2018 USCIS stated that “until further notice…the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.” Please click here to read USCIS’s announcement.
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.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week released two memos implementing the President’s Executive Orders on immigration enforcement. Click here to view the memos.
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.
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)
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...