Safety Plan For Immigrant Families in Light of Massive Expansion of Detention and Deportation in U.S.

“Effective immediately,” DHS shall faithfully execute U.S. immigration laws against “all removable aliens” and will no longer “exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” – this directive is from the policy memorandum implemented on February 17, 2017 based on Trump’s Executive Order signed on January 25, 2017. Additionally, it directs DHS personnel to arrest, apprehend, and initiate enforcement actions against “any alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe” has violated the immigration laws. This language makes clear that everyone is a priority and amounts to a widespread deportation plan. The Memorandum calls for a massive expansion in detention by requiring DHS to detain nearly everyone it apprehends including those with no criminal convictions.

Many illegal immigrants and green card holders are in a state of panic and fear as Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) has started to apprehend and detained individuals with final order of removals, green card holders convicted of deportable criminal offenses, green card holders charged (not convicted) with a criminal offense, illegal immigrants parole into U.S. with an order of supervisions, and illegal immigrants who entered within the past two years.

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Trump Travel Ban Blocked but Deportation under Trump has begun in the U.S.

The U.S. Court of Appeals blocked Trump’s travel ban but immigrants and non-immigrants remained worried about deportation under Trump from the United States. Trump signed three immigration executive orders. The travel ban executive order has been getting most of the media attention, however the executive order entitled, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” signed on January 25, 2017 has already been implemented by Immigration and Custom Enforcement in the U.S.

What can we expect to see immediately (more…)

Trump Immigration Travel Ban

In the executive order (known as Trump Immigration Travel Ban) signed January 27, 2017, President Trump suspends immigrant (such as green card holders) and nonimmigrant (such as B-1/B-2, F-1, K-1, E-1/E-2, L-1, H-2B, H-1B, visas) entry to the United States of individuals from the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days. These countries were previously designated under the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act as countries that are “area of concern”.

Within the next 30 days, additional countries can be added to the Trump immigration travel ban list. (more…)

Trump Immigration Executive Order on Interior Public Safety & Border Security – Brief Analysis

President Trump signed two immigration related executive orders that are intended to follow through on campaign promises to build a wall and deport millions. The orders aimed at “Making America Great Again” seems to forget that America has been made great through the efforts of many immigrants.

The first Trump immigration executive order entitled, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the U.S.” introductory paragraph states, “Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visa present a significant threat to national security and public safety.” – An incorrect statement in my opinion as NOT all illegal aliens are criminals. The order gives the following directives (more…)

America’s Immigration Courts in Dysfunction

The Washington Post states that the dysfunction of U.S. immigration courts is due to a “crushing caseload,” and explains that their workloads—on average more than 700 cases annually—are twice what federal district court judges face. “Under those circumstances, due process … is a fading ideal.” The editorial also notes that wild disparities in outcomes and legal standards plague the nation’s 58 immigration courts.  The immigration court backlog, which has doubled in the past six years, now exceeds half a million cases ; thousands more are added each month. Immigration judges, who number just 300, schedule hearings two or three years in the future, or even more in some venues.  Read this story… (more…)

Change in Cuban Immigration Policy – illegal entry no longer lead to legal status

Effective January 12, 2017, the United States of America is changing its Cuban Immigration Policy.  The Cuban Adjustment Act or “Wet Foot-Dry Foot” gave legal status (“green card”) to Cubans who entered the U.S. illegally once they remained in the U.S. for 1 year and 1 day.  Cubans were the only group of immigrants in U.S. history who were rewarded for illegal entry and given legal status in the U.S.  President Obama has now ended this “Wet Foot-Dry Foot” policy and Cubans are now subject to the same rules as any other immigrant to the U.S.

Statement by the President Obama on Cuban Immigration Policy

“Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. (more…)

Promises made by Trump on Immigration

Ms. Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post compiled the following list of Donald Trump campaign promises

collected from Trump’s speeches, public comments, tweets and campaign and transition websites.  Read full article.

Below are the promises made by Trump on immigration:


71. On the first day in office, terminate President Obama’s executive orders related to immigration. (more…)

Trump Immigration Action – What may be his next steps?

As a female, minority, mother and immigrant, I took a huge hit on election night when Donald Trump was named the next president-elect of the United States. It is difficult to embrace Trump’s nativism (a policy of favoring native inhabitants as opposed to immigrants) and his declaration to build a wall, deport millions, shut down Muslim Immigration, close our doors to those in need of protection against torture and halt globalization.  Trump Immigration Action as President may impact millions of lives and the economy in the U.S.

Yes, I am incredibly saddened and disappointed by the nearly 90 million Americans that did not exercise their right to vote. If President-Elect Donald Trump survives four (4) years as President, then we will see a very different American by the end of 2020. (more…)

Panic under Trump Presidency – GailLaw Immigration Advice

To my clients in a state of panic under Trump Presidency, here are my immediate immigration advice (1) renew that expired green card; (2) file for U.S. Citizenship ASAP as the processing times may increase due to #trump presidency; (3) if have criminal record as green card holder, bring arrest & court records for my immediate review; (4) file for family members ASAP as those categories (especially sibling) may go away under #trump presidency; (5) encourage family abroad to file for B-1/B-2 as those visas will decline under a #trump presidency. (more…)