Solano Law - July 2018

IMMIGRATION AND INCARCERATION You Have Rights

More and more immigrants are being incarcerated. The Trump administration has made it a point to jail undocumented immigrants before deporting them. They are using aggressive tactics to arrest and deport as many people as possible, including hardworking parents of U.S. citizen children, people without criminal records, Dreamers, and longtime community members with pending applications to become legal. Immigration detention centers are filling, families are being separated, and those same families don’t know what to do or where to go for help. Under the Obama administration, the majority of immigrants without legal status who had no criminal history were protected and had legal options. There were fewer arrests and, as a result, fewer deportations. Fewer families were being separated. Now, the Trump administration is enforcing the immigration laws much closer to the way they are written and creating policies to undo the benefits granted under the Obama administration. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that immigrants could be held without a bond hearing. This included immigrants with permanent legal status and those seeking asylum. More recently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it would no longer release pregnant women from jail. They will only be released on a “case-by-case basis.” Furthermore, rather than keeping parents and young children together at a Refugee Center when apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, ICE is sending the parents to a detention center and releasing the children to family members or keeping the children in a Refugee Center without their parents.

our communities from those who pose actual threats to public safety. It is a shame and an injustice that families with children, Dreamers, and people who have jobs, own businesses, and are contributing to this country must now constantly worry that they could be arrested and deported. These people should not be targeted for enforcement. These policies and others have caused a lot of frustration, fear, and hopelessness among immigrants. When it comes to incarceration, whether it’s you or a family member, you have rights. You can petition for a bond hearing so that you are released from jail, and you can fight against your deportation. These immigration policies highlight the importance of working with an immigration attorney, someone who is experienced in handling these types of cases. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 404.800.9086. We are here to fight for you and help you navigate the immigration process.

Immigration enforcement is no longer being exercised in a humane, sensible way that distinguishes between people who are contributing members of

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Earlier this year, we hosted a Firm Retreat at Lake Allatoona, GA for our team to set goals and growth plans for 2018, reflect on our accomplishments in 2017, learn, and bond as a team.

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