Applying for visas and government benefits has never been riskier before. U.S. President Donald Trump continues to strengthen anti-immigration laws, but some argue that the President has come too far in his efforts to deport illegal immigrants.
New rules introduced by the Trump administration put victims of human trafficking at a higher risk of deportation, but only if you apply for the so-called T visa. T visa is a special visa granted to victims of human trafficking that allows them to avoid deportation and stay in the country legally as well as receive government benefits. In theory, T visa even puts victims of human trafficking on the path to U.S. citizenship.
Have you noticed how we wrote “in theory”? That’s because the Trump administration has enacted a new policy that allows immigration authorities to deport people who were trafficked illegally into the U.S. if they cannot prove their story.
Our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney at Familia America explains that the new policy, ordered by President Trump to deport anyone who is in the country illegally, will discourage victims of human trafficking to come forward, apply for the T visa and even reveal to authorities how they were trafficked into the country.
Fact: Each year, about 1,000 people apply for T visa, and nearly 70 percent of these applications are given the green light.
How T visa applicants can get deported
Our deportation defense attorney in Salt Lake City explains that in order to receive the special visa, victims of human trafficking have to prove their story and present evidence that they were trafficked illegally into the United States. Under the new policy ordered by President Trump, those who cannot prove their story get their application denied. As a result, these individuals are placed in removal proceedings.
Before these changes, victims of human trafficking whose T visa application was denied had not been ordered to appear at a hearing that initiates the deportation process.
What this means to thousands of victims of human trafficking in the United States is that they will remain silent out of fear of deportation. This also means that deportation defense lawyers in Salt Lake City and elsewhere in Utah will be more selective when it comes to choosing which individuals to represent in the T visa application process.
Assess your risk of deportation before applying for the visa
The Trump administration and immigration officials claim that the new policy is supposed to strengthen security in the United States. In fact, some of them complained that many illegal immigrants in the country exploit the immigration system by claiming they were trafficked into the country just to be able stay in the country legally.
Due to the fact that the Trump administration keeps strengthening immigration laws to deport as many illegal immigrants as possible, the number of people applying for and obtaining T visas has reduced significantly in the past two years. In fact, the longer a victim of human trafficking has been in the country before coming forward, the more difficult it will be to prove his or her story.
Fact: According to estimations by the U.S. government, about 50,000 foreigners are trafficked into the United States each year.
If you are a victim of human trafficking and are considering to apply for T visa, do not hesitate to consult with our Salt Lake City deportation defense attorney at Familia America to assess the risk of deportation if you fail to prove your story and evaluate the credibility of your story as a whole.