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DuPage County asylum and refugee attorneyWith the events occurring at the U.S. border in recent months, a near tidal wave of misinformation has been going around regarding asylum and refugee status, and many people are misinformed about the immigration laws and procedures surrounding this hot-button issue. For both U.S. citizens and incoming immigrants, it is absolutely crucial to understand what asylum actually is and what it is not. Failure to do so can jeopardize your or a loved one’s immigration claim and render them inadmissible or even deportable. The stakes are too high to buy into misinformation.

Myth: No One at the Southern Border of the U.S. Should Get Asylum, Because They Crossed Into the Country Illegally. 

False - The United States is a signatory to the Geneva Convention, having signed it and ratified it into law in 1955. Article 31 of that convention states explicitly that those seeking asylum should not be penalized on account of illegal entry if they have come from a country where their life or freedom is threatened. Some might argue that many are coming from Mexico, rather than from their home countries, but the Article is open to interpretation. Besides, Mexico is decidedly unsafe for many undocumented people as well. 

Myth: Asylum Is a Process Abused By Economic Migrants. 

False - Asylum is a recognized process under both international law and U.S. law, designed to help those fleeing persecution in their home countries. Asylum seekers must pass extensive background checks and demonstrate credible fear of future persecution if returned to their home country. People cannot simply make up a story and expect to remain in the United States. Hearings and interviews must be attended and handled with sincerity and honesty. 

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Chicago immigration attorneys, immigration mythsWhen an individual is convicted of a criminal offense, he or she will likely want the situation over and done with as soon as possible. However, the consequences of conviction unfortunately tend to linger. Nowhere is this more apparent than in dealing with immigration authorities, especially since myths abound about the consequences for one’s immigration status after conviction. It is imperative, however, that you do your research, and are aware of what you may potentially face if convicted.

Myth: Only a true conviction and being sentenced after a full trial counts as a conviction for immigration purposes.

False, unfortunately. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines state explicitly that a “conviction,” for immigration purposes, is defined as a “formal judgment of guilt entered by a jury.” However, there are other outcomes that count as a formal judgment of guilt without going through a trial—for example, a judge finding the suspect guilty (instead of a jury), a suspect pleading nolo contendere (“no contest”) or otherwise confessing.

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