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February 2017 Archives

Reasons Why DACA Can Be Revoked, Lost or Denied | ICE Raids

The recent arrest and continued detention of Daniel Medina, a young man who was granted DACA status, has stirred a lot of fear and paranoia within the undocumented community. Many DACA holders are understandably afraid, especially in light of the recent ICE raids that have occurred within the last few weeks, that they too may be targeted notwithstanding their "protected status" under DACA. According to recent statistics released by ICE, most of the individuals apprehended were convicted felons, some of them gang members and drug traffickers-which, if true, naturally makes the arrest of Mr. Medina even more striking. Was his arrest an anomaly or harbinger of things to come, especially if DACA is terminated by President Trump in the future?

Trump and ICE Targeting False Social Security Numbers and Fake Driver Licenses

In previous blog posts, we have touched upon some of the consequences triggered by the use of fake social security numbers or driver licenses by undocumented immigrants. Although the two credentials are entirely different from one another, they are both highly coveted and used by those without status to gain jobs, keep jobs, and carry as a form of identification. While there is always a small contingent of people who will procure and use these documents out of self interest and for unscrupulous purposes (ie., identity fraud, hindering apprehension, to name a few) the vast majority of people with immigration problems who use them are merely trying to survive and support their families. As our society and governmental institutions become increasingly document reliant and begin making basic privileges contingent on those documents, the fringes of the underground economy continue to shrink, pressuring more and more desperate immigrants beyond its outskirts.

Green Card Holders Are Not Entitled to Admission After Travel Outside

The last few weeks have illuminated not only the volatile nature of immigration but also the perils of traveling as a green card holder. While lawful permanent residents enjoy a tremendous array of benefits and privileges that non-immigrants do not have-such as the legal ability to reside in the US indefinitely-permanent residence is still not equivalent to citizenship. Moreover, when a green card holder leaves the confines of the United States, he or she enjoys even less protection than what he/she had while staying inside the US. Most permanent residents understand that they are subject to inspection by Customs and Border Protection ("CBP"), just as US Citizens are, upon return from an international trip abroad. What they may not realize, though, is that in many cases, they are also-legally speaking-seeking "admission" into the US. Depending on an individual's circumstances and immigration history, a CBP officer may deem a green card holder "inadmissible" to the US, despite the fact that the person may hold a green card. If an officer arrives at this conclusion, legal proceedings may be instituted so that a person's legal residence is formally revoked or cancelled by an Immigration Judge. (Of course, the individual has a right to contest the matter in court.) Under the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA"), there are certain circumstances under which a lawful permanent resident will be deemed to making an application for admission into the US. They can be found at section INA 101(a)(13)(C) which references when an alien:

Will Green Card Holders Who Travel Also Be Banned According To The Trump Order?

This past weekend, the nation was drawn into a firestorm of controversy over President Trump's divisive executive order titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States." The order, which went into effect immediately last Friday, instructed the Department of Homeland Security to suspend the admission and issuance of visas from nationals of seven designated countries putatively associated with terrorism risks, which opponents have characterized as a weakly veiled ban on Muslims. Apparently, due to the swiftness with which the resolution was passed, the agency charged with inspecting and admitting alien visitors-Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-was itself caught off guard. Not surprisingly, the implementation of the order caused a lot of legal snafus including the detention of refugees whose visas were already approved and who were already in transit to the US. Additionally, permanent residents or "green card" holders who were from those seven designated states were reportedly not admitted to the US or according to some, not even allowed to board planes to return to the US.


    • The National Advocates | Top 100 Lawyers
    • Rated by Super Lawyers | Angie Garasia | 5 Years
    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationaly Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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