Jan 28

Trump’s Executive Orders: What You Need to Know

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Trump’s Executive Orders: What You Need to Know

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump issued three Executive Orders, drastically changing U.S. immigration policies. Please continue reading for information from our Immigration Attorney, Emily Amara Gordon, on what you need to know during these troubling times:

There is a lot we still do not know. We do not know what the Executive Orders will look like in practice. At this point, the Executive Orders are being implemented inconsistently throughout the country; some ICE and CBP offices are waiting for further instructions from DHS, others are interpreting the orders themselves.

Citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen:

If you hold citizenship from one of the following countries, you should not travel to the U.S. or leave the U.S.: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

If you hold dual citizenship from one of the above-named countries and the U.S., based on the information we have so far, we recommend that you not to leave the U.S. If you enter the U.S., please be prepared that you may be detained.

​Enforcement Priorities:

If you have ever been charged (conviction not necessary) with a crime and are not a U.S. citizen, you are now an enforcement priority. Again, we still do not know what this means in practice.

Locations to Stay Away From:

If you are undocumented and have ever been charged with a crime, do not go to airports, police stations, court houses, or any government buildings. Do not go near land, air, or sea borders.

Emergency Contact Person:

You should memorize the phone number of a family member or friend who has never been charged with a crime and has status (U.S. Citizen, green card holder, or visa). If you are a U.S. Citizen, criminal history is generally irrelevant. This person should have your immigration attorney’s contact information, your legal name, your A-number (if you have one), and any U.S. immigration documents. See below for more information.

​If You are Detained:

If you are detained by local police or ICE, do not make any statements. Do not sign anything. Ask for a hearing in front of an immigration judge and ask to speak to your lawyer. If you are not fluent in English, ask for an interpreter in your native language.

If you see a document that mentions Expedited Removal and/or ICE or CBP mentions Expedited Removal to you, do not sign any paperwork and contact your immigration lawyer right away. Do not assume what CBP or ICE tells you is the truth. You should always check with your immigration attorney before signing any document and making any statement.

What to Have with You at all Times:

If you have status, make sure you have proof of that status – green card, visa, I20, etc – with you at all times. If you do not have status but are married to a U.S. Citizen or LPR, or have a U.S. Citizen or LPR family member, we recommend that you carry with you a copy of that person’s ID page of US passport or green card, and the birth certificate or marriage certificate that proves the relationship. All certificates should be translated in to English with a certified translation.

If you have lived in the U.S for more than two years and you are undocumented, compile proof that you have lived here (leases, bills, W2s, etc.) and have it in a place that your emergency contact person can easily access.

If you have a pending application with USCIS, we recommend that you carry the receipt notice, I-797, with you.

If you have questions about your immigration case, please contact Amara Immigration Law, LLC to schedule a consultation: info@amaralaw.com  • 617-505-1010

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