I am an immigrant in Alaska.  When do I have to consult with a Deportation Lawyer?

 

First and foremost, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Alaska takes a very pragmatic and serious approach to the enforcement of immigration laws.  Rare are the cases of individuals who have not crossed paths with the law who find themselves in the sights of ICE in this state.  In other words, if you do not have a previous deportation order and/or have not committed a criminal offense that makes you deportable the chances of immigration “picking you up” are lower.  That does not mean that individuals who are in the United States without permission or out of status have a free for all.  Do not confuse a priority system based upon ICE’s resources with the idea that it is OK to violate immigration laws.  So, if you are out there as an immigrant (including residents or naturalized citizens – yes Uncle Sam can take your naturalization away under certain circumstances) with a criminal background or have a previous order of removal – even if you have TPS or are checking in with ICE- call an immigration attorney experienced with these type of cases ASAP.

Immigration Vote

Immigration and the anti-immigrant sentiment that the Trump administration has brought is hurting not only the core of american values, but it is encouraging violence against minority groups.  No one, no one can separate shouts to “punch him in the mouth,” “grab them …,” “throw them out,” “lock her up,” they are rapists,” from the violent actions against fellow Americans.  Worse the constant attacks on the media have also made it a target of violence.  This is absolutely against what this country was founded upon.  Finally, it is inescapable that Trump’s rhetoric has allowed for fringe groups to be validated and their message of violence, once appropriately seen as lunacy,  given a foothold within the ignorant and susceptible members of our society.   Lets be clear, immigrants are not to blame for the violence here and this course must be changed by those who are the backbone of this country – decent Americans who exercise their right to vote diligently (remember in number they were 3 million more in the last election).