President Trump has made no secret of the fact that he is very much opposed to immigration and willing to take seemingly drastic steps to secure United States borders. This sentiment has been clearly reflected in the recently-announced 2019 budget, which cut the budgets for some government agencies by as much as 26%, while simultaneously increasing funding for the Department of Homeland Security by almost 8%. According to a statement made by Trump at the time of the announcement, this move is intended to reflect a “serious and ongoing commitment” to “make our immigration system work for Americans”. However, the reality is that this could cause significant problems for undocumented immigrants, and those in the process of seeking U.S citizenship.
What Does the Immigration Crackdown Mean for Me?
To understand fully what any changes to immigration or Homeland Security procedures could mean for you and your family, you should speak to a Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney about your specific circumstances. In the meantime, to provide a general overview of what may change, and how it could affect you, it is expected that:
- DREAMers could find it more difficult to remain within the United States, despite having lived here since they were children and, in many cases, contributing to society as teachers, engineers, nurses and more
- 65 miles will be added to the border with Mexico
- 2,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will be employed
- Immigration-related arrests could increase, beyond the 30% increase already experienced since Trump came to power
- Additional immigration prisons could be built, in locations which have been under review since October 2017
While much of this is yet to be confirmed, there is little doubt that such a significant increase in funding will have an adverse impact on immigrants within the United States. If you suspect that you and your family may face problems when the services are ramped up, it is strongly recommended that you liaise with a Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney as soon as possible.
Can a Salt Lake City Deportation Defense Attorney Help?
In general, when you face any immigration or deportation-related issues, a Salt Lake City attorney could provide expert legal guidance and representation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the action taken may include:
- Request for prosecutorial discretion to terminate or administratively close proceedings
- Waivers of inadmissibility and removal
- Cancellation of removal for non-permanent residents
- Cancellation of removal for permanent residents
- Suspension of deportation
- Adjustment of status to permanent residence
- Asylum and withholding of removal
- Legalization and registry
- Voluntary departure
Whatever your circumstances, we cannot help until you approach us and request that we do so. A Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney could mean the difference between you and your family staying in the place you now call home and being deported to a country where you may be in danger. At the very least, being separated from your family and friends could trigger severe emotional trauma.