Media outlets have recently reported on the Trump administration’s planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids targeting immigrants with final orders of removal. To help immigrants and their families, we have provided above information on how to protect yourself and your family.
As the holidays approach, it is important to remember that this a time in the U.S. when there have historically been spikes in incidents of domestic violence. Noncitizens in the U.S. who are also experiencing intimate partner violence may feel that their immigration status is an additional barrier to leaving their partner or getting help. While many factors make it extremely hard to leave a relationship, it is important to know that there are immigration options available if you are an immigrant and this blog post discusses generally some of them.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of over 15,000 immigration lawyers and practitioners, who represent families seeking permanent residence for their close family members; U.S. businesses seeking global talent; foreign students, entertainers, artists, and athletes; as well as asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis, has released a Know-Your-Rights Flyer for Green Card holders detained at a port of entry.
We Have Rights is a national immigrant empowerment campaign that will provide critical information to communities threatened by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and engage the broader American public in an urgent conversation about immigrant justice in our country.
On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced its intention to expand its database containing immigrant information ("Alien Files" or "A Files") to include social media information of all immigrants in the country—even green card holders and naturalized U.S. citizens—a dramatic ramping up of surveillance of virtually anyone in the United States who is not a U.S. citizen by birth.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released a statement alerting the public of immigration services offered by the agency that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma.
On September 6, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a statement regarding safety and enforcement during Hurricane Irma, assuring the public that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities – as they were with Hurricane Harvey – are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy recovery of the region.
Can border agents search my phone, laptop and other electronic devices?
With tighter security and screening at borders and ports, this is a question we get a lot. Ordinarily, the police need a warrant in order to conduct a search of your person and your belongings. However, at borders and airports, agents have broader authority to conduct routine searches of people and their belongings that police on the street would not have. For "non-routine" searches (e.g. strip search), agents must reasonably suspect that the person is involved in some criminal activity.