Being an immigrant in the United States has become scarier than ever before with the constant executive orders and administration changes. Many undocumented and even documented immigrants have begun to change their lifestyle for fear of legal repercussions and possible deportation. A Lot of this fear stems from not knowing your constitutional rights and what to do when being approached by police or other immigration authorities. A Salt Lake City immigration attorney can inform you of your rights and help you get a visa or green card.
A New APP
Deyvid Morales, from right here in Salt Lake, recently launched an app for immigrants to learn their constitutional rights. The app is titled DIA which stands for Derechos de Inmigrantes y Ayuda-rights of immigrants and resources. It is a free app and received over 5 thousand downloads in its first week. It provides information on applying for visas and green cards. There are also examples of what warrants look like for immigrants who have never seen one before. It has been common for immigrants to be tricked and arrested by people who do not have real arrest warrants or authority to serve an arrest warrant. There is also information on what to do at the airport and other ports of entry.
Morales was inspired to create the app after he was almost deported in 2011. Deyvid was taking a bus to bible-college when immigration agents hopped on board. They began asking questions and Morales ended up spending 17 days in a Louisiana jail. When he was returned to Utah, he was placed on house arrest for an entire year. In 2012, under the DACA policy (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Morales was granted a permit to work and go to school. He is awaiting news about his green card application and hopes that his app will help other immigrants protect themselves and become educated on their rights.
Knowing your Constitutional Rights
The fourteenth amendment is a very important part of the constitution for immigrants. The amendment states, “No state shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This means that an undocumented immigrant has the right to jury trial and other defense against charges brought to them. Undocumented immigrants can also file lawsuits and are protected against search and seizures. You also have the right against self-incrimination. This last one is crucial for cases like Morales’ because he could have avoided the year-long struggle he faced had he not self-incriminated.
Salt Lake City Immigration Attorneys
Nothing can replace sitting down with Immigration attorney Salt Lake City to discuss your rights and what to do when approached by police, customs or immigration agents. It is important to know your rights to avoid any legal trouble or possible deportation. It is much harder to get you back into the country than to avoid deportation. If you need more information about your immigration rights or fear you may be at risk for deportation contact Familia America for a consultation.