I’m sure by now, many have heard widespread news coverage of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement efforts. There have been immigration raids throughout many cities.
If Immigration agents (Immigration Customs Enforcement) (DHS) show up at your door, what can you do?
Will you be “deported”?
What happens when Immigration takes away a loved one?
Many of these questions are often asked.
As with anything else, preparedness is essential and can make a world of a difference. Don’t assume it won’t happen to you. You know what they say, the best defense is a great offense. But, what does that mean in terms of someone who has no immigration status. What can they actually do to help them before an immigration agent even knocks on their door.
There are actually many steps that a client can take in advance.
To begin with, don’t assume it won’t happen to you. That type of comfort is quite foolish.
To begin with educate yourself on immigration law and avenues of relief (meaning what are you eligible to file to obtain immigration status). How do you do that? Well, although the internet is a great resource, it can also cause great confusion. I can tell you from personal experience, this should never be the primary source of information. There have been many times when I was inflicted with health issues and after researching the internet for similar symptoms, I almost always diagnosed myself with some form of terminal illness. I’m exaggerating a bit of course, but I will hold steadfast to my feelings about the internet. Get your information from a licensed and experienced immigration lawyer serving the jurisdiction where you reside, whether it’s looking for an experienced immigration lawyer in Brooklyn, New York City (NYC), or elsewhere. The interpretation of laws may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Another important way to prepare yourself is to make sure you are ready for the questioning by federal immigration agents. You never want to be in a position where you lie or are dishonest. Lying to federal agents is a big NO NO.. So, speak with an experienced immigration attorney about your unique factual background to prepare yourself.
Of course, there are many other ways to get ahead and minimize any adverse or bad immigration consequences. However, every case is unique, so speak to an immigration counselor in Brooklyn, NYC or your jurisdiction.
Remember, we are a nation of laws. Know the law… And use it to your advantage.