The Government Shutdown Hurt Immigration Cases
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The Government Shutdown Hurt Immigration Cases

Feb 8, 2019 Familia America Deportation Removal Defense

Issues surrounding immigration are all over the news right now. One main reason for this has been because of the recent partial government shutdown that dragged on for over a month. At the center of the shutdown was one thing – a border wall.

The President campaigned on building a wall along the entire southern US border and has not stopped talking about it since. While both Republicans and Democrats agree on having a stronger southern border, they do not agree on what that looks like. While they debate, lives are at stake. People are coming to the country seeking asylum, immigration cases face a years-long backlog, and deportations happen daily, many of them illegally.

At Familia America, our Salt Lake City deportation attorneys understand the issues at hand. They know the laws and will work diligently to protect your rights. If you or someone you love is facing deportation, call us today so we can get to work on your case.

What Is Going On?

During the shutdown, it seems that Immigration and Customs Enforcement took advantage of the fact that nobody was around to order certain deportations to stop. This story highlights one of those cases. In it, we learn of one man who was in the country illegally. He was here to help his wife, who is a US citizen. When he was arrested, his attorneys were trying to challenge the documents in his latest deportation order, but they had nowhere to file them. There was no immigration judge there to stop the deportation.

They were all gone because of the shutdown. The man was deported to Mexico without being allowed to go through the proper process. Here in Utah, hundreds of immigration cases were canceled due to the shutdown. Tens of thousands were canceled throughout the country.

“It’s very stressful for them,” said one immigration attorney. “It’s very stressful for their families.”

Immigration courts were already facing huge backlogs and there simply are not enough immigration judges to get through the cases quickly. This can lead to years of uncertainty for individuals and families, most of whom just want to start their lives again without the worry of being deported.

It should also be noted that immigration judges do not actually fall under the purview of the judicial system. They work for the US Justice Department, making them part of the executive branch controlled solely by the President.

What You Can Do Now

As the lawmakers in Washington DC fight amongst themselves, we cannot sit back and wait to see what solutions they come up with. Not when people are being deported and lives are being ruined. When you need a Salt Lake City deportation attorney, the team at Familia America is ready to help. We know the laws and will work to ensure that you are treated fairly throughout your legal proceedings. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 801-656-9605 for a consultation.

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