With the recent, surprising election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, many non-citizens in the United States are left wondering...what comes next? Mr. Trump's harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail, coupled with a few (frightening) names floated to head the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Attorney General's office, have many people fearing the worst.
At this point, very little is known about the exact nature of the changes in store. The one thing we are confident of is that changes are indeed coming. What happens to President Obama's DACA program? How will enforcement priorities change? To what extent will the use of detention expand? Can he really build a wall?
Check back here frequently for updates. In the coming weeks, we plan to write regularly as appointments are announced, as policies shift, and as the realities of this election begin to play out on the ground in our community.
And, as always, if you are in need of legal advice or representation in your immigration matter, please don't hesitate to call to arrange a consultation. Likewise, if you are a non-citizen facing criminal charges or in need of post-conviction representation, call to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney who understands how your criminal case impacts your immigration status. Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of informed, honest, and diligent legal representation.