Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Immigration Trends at the Department of Homeland Security.

In recent years the DHS has shifted its priorities.  More than ever they are focusing on the deportation of undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions.  This began with the Secure Communities program in 2008.  President Obama has promised to deport “felons, not families”.  People without criminal convictions should not be subject to deportation.

There is one major misperception of immigrants.  That opinion is that they increase the amount of crime in the communities in which they live.  The latest data shows that the biggest share of deportation comes from simple immigration offenses such as entry and re-entry as well as false citizenship claims.  Criminal offenses accounted for a much smaller percentage of reasons for removal.

If you know someone who is facing deportation let’s get to the bottom of cause and effect.  Baltimore immigration attorney Briana Arnold will sit down with you and discover what the various options may entail.  The future of families is at stake here.  Don’t waste another moment.  Contact Attorney Arnold and arrange a meeting at her office right away by calling her at (410) 484-1400.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Understanding United States vs. Texas

Our office receives calls every week from undocumented individuals who want to apply for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) or extended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provide illegal immigrants and undocumented individuals with legal work authorization.  Unfortunately, these two initiatives announced by the Obama administration in November 2014 were stopped before they even started. Before USCIS began accepting applications in February 2015, a federal court order suspended these programs.

The United States Supreme Court agreed to review the case in January 2016 in the case of United States v. Texas. The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will likely change the outcome of this case.

Until the injunction is lifted, USCIS will not begin accepting application for DAPA or extended DACA.  However, you might still be eligible to apply for, or renew the original DACA program that was announced in 2012. Contact Baltimore immigration attorney Briana Arnold to learn more information about this ongoing case and your eligibility to apply for DACA.

WARNING:  Do not take advice about your immigration case from a notario or an immigration consultant. Contact only a qualified immigration lawyer for legal advice about your case.
Call Briana Arnold today at (410) 484-1400.