Presidential Executive Order on Immigration
One of President Trump’s first executive orders, entitled “Presidential Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of
the United States,” came through in February 2017, causing a great deal of worry among
current and prospective immigrants, as well as non-citizens traveling
to and from the United States. Discord between various government departments
about the enforceability of various aspects of the order created confusion
as to how it would be implemented, if at all.
What Difference Does Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration Make?
Practically speaking, most of the directives contained in President Trump’s
February executive order are similar to President Obama’s “enforcement
priorities” regarding apprehension and deportation of undocumented
immigrants. Under President Obama, immigration authorities were directed
to focus their attention on removing illegal immigrants who had been convicted
of criminal offenses of any kind. Under President Trump’s executive
order, immigration officers are permitted to apprehend and deport undocumented
immigrants who are even suspected of criminal activity, including the
crime of crossing the U.S. border illegally as defined in the
Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 275. An official criminal conviction is no longer necessary for deportation.
Twinsburg immigration attorney may be critical for undocumented immigrants who have received public government
benefits, used a phony Green Card, lied or omitted important information
on any immigration documents, or have otherwise committed any violation
of United States immigration laws. If you are concerned that your history
or criminal record may affect your immigration status, our
criminal immigration lawyers can provide trustworthy counsel to help you work toward a solution.
Policing and Sanctuary Jurisdictions
Since the release of President Trump’s executive order, state and
local officials have made headlines by declaring their states and cities
sanctuary jurisdictions, in many cases amounting to an outright refusal
to enforce the amped-up enforcement priorities, fines, and penalties outlined
in the latest legislation. As of February 7, 2017, Ohio could become a
sanctuary state. However, it is unclear how implementation of Trump’s
executive order will trickle down into law enforcement and immigration
policy in Twinsburg, Cleveland, or other Ohio locales.
Privacy for Non-U.S. Citizens
Under the February executive order, undocumented immigrants, Green Card
holders, and other non-citizens residing in the U.S. are no longer given
privacy rights when it comes to personal legal information. If deemed
necessary for security purposes, your information may be disclosed without
your express consent.
How to Protect Yourself After Trump’s Executive Order
If you are concerned about your immigration status or your personal safety
after President Trump’s February executive order, one of the best
things you can do is speak to someone who can help protect you. Our experienced
team of immigration lawyers has collectively served internationals and
prospective citizens in the Twinsburg and Cleveland areas for over 50
years, and we are prepared to help you. Regardless of your immigration
status or concerns, we are prepared to help you work toward the best possible
solution and put your mind at ease.
Contact us today to schedule your
free case evaluation or call us at (888) 491-8770.