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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, loved one in detention, immigration detention, deportation order, deportation proceedingsSince the new administration took office in January 2017, the number of immigrants detained while their cases are pending has more than doubled, from 27 percent to 61 percent of the total. However, border crossings have dropped significantly, which means that more people from the interior of the United States—that is, people who have been living here for some time—are being arrested and detained. In some cases, even those who have legal status have been mistakenly detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). If it has happened to your family member or loved one, regardless of his or her legal status, there may be steps you can take to have him or her released.

Location is Critical

It is becoming increasingly more common for immigrants, especially the undocumented, to be moved to locations distant from where they have been living, so as to prevent flight. However, this can frustrate attempts by family members to assist or comfort them. As such, knowing your loved one’s alien number or A-number is the first imperative. ICE maintains a locator tool that is updated reasonably frequently, and inputting the A-number will usually give you a location unless an arrest was very recent (within hours). There is no way to tell how often your loved one may be moved, but it at least gives families a place to begin.

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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, expedited removalIn the current immigration climate, the concept of expedited removal is often bruited about by those in the know. However, many, including professionals, are unclear as to what expedited removal actually is, versus what it has been, versus what the current administration intends for it to be. The concept is complex, and if you or a loved one are going to be in a situation where you face the threat of being removed, it is critical that you know your options.

Origins of the Procedure

The concept of expedited removal—when a potential visitor or immigrant is turned around without being permitted a hearing or indeed many other due process rights that citizens possess—was first propagated in 1996, in the text of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). At the time, the procedure was only used against those who met the following characteristics:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_registration-documentation-Chicago.jpgSince the takeover of the new administration, immigrants, both documented and undocumented, have been asking multiple questions about potential changes in enforcement at the state and federal level. One of the most common questions in recent weeks asks what an immigrant needs to be carrying on him or her in terms of documents that show status. The answer is that it will depend on the type of status you have.

“Registration” is Different

The relevant provision in U.S. immigration law is Sec. 262 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which holds that any alien over the age of 14, who has been or will be present for than 30 days, must “register” with the federal government. However, the word “registration” has been interpreted in very different ways depending on the category of visa the alien holds (or, obviously, if one is undocumented). Most of the time, registration happens automatically when one enters the country. One common example is the I-94 form, which is considered a registration document for most of those who enter via sea or air.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ICE-raid-Chicago.jpgDuring the Obama years, the administration would most often try to combat the issue of unauthorized immigration by focusing on the abusive and exploitative employers that would hire undocumented immigrants and pay them less than U.S. citizens. The new administration appears poised to shift course, going as far as possibly re-instituting the dramatic workplace raids that were common during the presidency of George W. Bush. If this comes to pass, and your workplace is targeted, it can make an enormous difference for you to understand your rights—and to understand that everyone has certain rights, even the undocumented.

How Are Employers Punished? 

The Obama administration focused on punishing employers for being willing to hire undocumented immigrants. This is, at least in some ways, eminently logical; if there are no opportunities for undocumented workers in the U.S., they will likely not come to seek them. However, the current penalties to employers, at least those assessed if an audit discovers discrepancies in employees’ work papers, are nowhere near stringent enough to warrant much of a reaction from the employers themselves.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_immigration-pitfalls-Chicago.jpgIf you have committed a crime, you ought to be aware (or become aware) that your actions have the potential to seriously affect your ability to stay in the United States, especially if you are undocumented or are present on a non-immigrant visa.

Normally, commission of certain crimes can render you deportable from the country, and many will come with a bar—a period of time where you must not re-enter the country.

However, in some cases, this may be avoided by making a deal or pleading guilty to a charge that will not render you deportable. Still, this can be a very complex undertaking.

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