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Don’t let an unexpected hospital stay get you deported

Imagine you’re an immigrant in the United States. Maybe you’re undocumented. Or maybe you’re a lawful permanent resident. One day, on your way to work, a drunk driver side-swipes you—sending your car somersaulting. You miraculously survive the accident, and the paramedics take you to the ER. Doctors work tirelessly to stabilize you.

When you awake, to your shock and horror, you find yourself not in the hospital where you had been, not surrounded by your loving family, but rather in a medical facility in your home country. What on earth happened?

If you get a text from someone claiming to be an ICE agent

Since President Trump took office in 2017, he has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been taking tougher action to find and remove undocumented immigrants from the country. For the millions of undocumented immigrants who have made the U.S. their home, this change has created an atmosphere of fear.

One way in which this situation creates increased uncertainty is the fact that ICE does not make public its changing operational tactics. Thus, it is difficult for immigrants to discern which types of communication from alleged ICE officials is legitimate and which is fraudulent.

What to do as an immigrant if you’re arrested by ICE

The security of immigrants in the U.S. is under increasing threat. The federal government is targeting undocumented immigrants all over the country—seeking to deport anyone not permitted to reside here. This environment can be both intimidating and terrifying for anyone without the right papers.

As immigration attorneys, it’s our job to protect the rights of undocumented immigrants. We’re here to equip you with the knowledge you need to best defend yourself.

Protect yourself from immigration scams

Immigration continues to be a hot topic throughout Texas as it is across the country. Many people remain under scrutiny by the federal government regardless of their immigration status. Even people with permanent resident status may not be safe.

This has created an atmosphere of trepidation, anxiety and fear in many communities, including San Antonio. It is an unfortunate fact that whenever people are fearful or desperately in need of help, others will take advantage of that fact in an attempt to make a quick buck. Immigration scams have always been around, but at present, they may appear to be on the rise. Knowing what to watch for could protect you and protect your rights.

What to do as an immigrant if you’re arrested by the police

If you’ve been following the news lately, you know that tensions are running high when it comes to the subject of immigration. Immigrants in the U.S. are facing growing concerns about their ability to stay in the country. If you’re an undocumented immigrant, just seeing a police officer on the street may give you reason to panic.

In this type of climate, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with anxiety. However, it’s important to understand that even as an undocumented immigrant, you still have basic rights under American law. In today’s post, we discuss some basic things to do—and avoid doing—if you’re arrested by the police:

Are you more than 100 miles from the border? Why it matters.

Last week, the story of a courageous woman who confronted a border patrol officer on a greyhound bus went viral on social media. The woman—and American citizen—was traveling from California to Nevada. At the state border, it is customary to go through a checkpoint to ensure that no one is carrying any fruit over state lines. In this instance, however, border patrol authorities boarded the bus and demanded to see the passengers’ documentation.

The woman stood up and shouted that what the authorities was doing was illegal, and that no one had to comply with the request. She loudly confronted the officers, accusing them of harassment and racial profiling. She pointed out that border patrol has no right to randomly check anyone’s personal papers if they’re more than 100 miles from an international border.

Sanctuary restaurants create havens for undocumented workers

Since President Trump took office a year and a half ago, the administration has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration—a promise which has caused a great deal of anxiety for undocumented workers across the country. There are growing stories of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers raiding workplaces, in search of undocumented farm laborers, kitchen staff and construction workers—among others.

While the administration narrowly views undocumented workers as a drain on society, such laborers actually contribute immensely to the U.S. economy. In addition to filling 7.9 million—largely undesirable—positions in the workforce, they also pay more than $12 billion in taxes each year.

UN attacks U.S. immigration policy for violating child rights

Since taking office in 2017, President Trump has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration. He has proposed and implemented many controversial measures to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants seeking to reside in the U.S.

In May, the administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy, which mandates the detention and criminal prosecution of all undocumented adult migrants coming across the border. Any migrants traveling with children are detained separately. The policy applies not only to migrants attempting to illegally enter the country, but also to families who are seeking asylum—which is a legal reason for entry.

Family-based immigration for same-sex couples

The United States is a nation of constant change, but one change you may never have expected to see is the legalization of same-sex marriage. If you are an American citizen or lawful permanent resident, you may have spent many years trying to obtain a green card for your foreign national partner through the family-based immigration program, only to meet with rejection and denial.

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision forbidding state bans on same-sex marriage has opened new doors for you and many others who have been hoping to marry their partners. It also clears the way for you to sponsor your partner's petition for a visa or green card.

Improve your chances of being accepted for a K-1 fiancé visa

It’s no secret that obtaining a visa to reside in the U.S. can be challenging. Whether you’re applying to move to the U.S. for your job or applying for asylum from your home country, there are always hurdles to jump through.

Arguably one of the most highly scrutinized visa applications is the K-1 fiancé visa. In 2017, the USCIS received more than 55,000 such visa applications, and over 37 percent of them were denied.

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