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70% of People Detained in Recent ICE Raids Were "Non-Targets"

At the end of July, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 650 people during a four-day operation that targeted individuals who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and family units.



According to a recent report from TIME, only 193 of the 650 people detained in this second iteration of Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve were the actual targets of the raids. The other 457 (about 70 percent) were “non-targets,” essentially meaning that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Basically, they were “low hanging fruit.”

According to an ICE spokesperson, certain categories of removable aliens were not considered amenable to arrest under the Obama administration, but now, ICE agents have been instructed to deport anyone who is in the country illegally. Some of the people who were detained in the recent raids just happened to be visiting family members when ICE agents were there, and many of them were eligible for DACA.

If you or a member of your family is facing deportation proceedings, or if you would like to change your immigration status, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who will evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and explain how he will help you achieve your immigration goals. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

Deportations of Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Have Increased 2%

According to deportation statistics from ICE, deportations of non-criminal undocumented immigrants have increased from 42 percent in 2016 to 44 percent so far in fiscal year 2017. However, according to a report from Politico, the overall deportation rate has dropped slightly.  This is more a function of how many people are deported from the border, than the interior enforcement, which has clearly increased dramatically.

More than 240,000 people were removed by ICE in fiscal year 2016, but in fiscal year 2012, more than 409,000 people were removed. However, the report pointed out that the drop in deportations does not necessarily mean that immigration enforcement is easing up; on the contrary, removal orders and arrest rates have increased significantly under the Trump administration. One primary cause of the lower removal rate is that the courts are backlogged with more than 600,000 cases.

ICE Agents Have Discretion When Choosing Whether to Detain a Non-Target

Although ICE agents have been instructed to detain anyone who is in the country illegally, they do have discretion when choosing whether or not to detain a non-target. For instance, if there are children present during an ICE raid, or in certain other situations, agents might decide not to take non-targets, like single mothers, into custody.


If you or a loved one is facing deportation proceedings or if you are worried that the recent immigration crackdown will affect your family, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who understands what is at stake, and he and his dedicated staff immigration attorneys will compassionately represent your interests. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

Supreme Court Says Travel Ban Will Not Affect Grandparents and Other Relatives

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed certain parts of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed. The ban affects six Muslim-majority countries: Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iran.



The executive order originally banned all nationals from those countries for 90 days; however, the Supreme Court ruled that the ban could only be enforced against people who do not have a “bona fide” connection with a person or entity in the United States.

The Trump administration then issued guidelines that allowed the ban to be enforced against grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others; however, Federal District Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the administration’s interpretation of the court’s ruling was too narrow. Watson ruled that the ban did not apply to grandparents and other close relatives. According to CNN, the Trump administration subsequently asked the Supreme Court to put that decision on hold.

The Supreme Court left the decision intact, meaning that the travel ban can no longer be enforced against grandparents and other close relatives.

If you or a loved one is worried that the travel ban could prevent you from entering the United States, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck stays up to date on all recent changes to U.S. immigration laws, and he will help you avoid complications that would delay your entry or prevent you from immigrating entirely.

If you are arriving from one of the six countries affected by the travel ban, it is crucial that you have evidence to prove that you have a bona fide connection with a U.S. relative or entity. Charles Kuck can help you understand what will meet these new requirements.. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule an initial consultation with a green card attorney in Atlanta.

Who Does the Travel Ban Affect?

There is still a lot of ambiguity regarding who the travel ban does and does not affect, though the recent Supreme Court ruling has added a bit of clarity. According to Immigration Impact, the ban applies to anyone from the six affected countries who does not have a “bona fide connection” with a U.S.-based person or entity. You may run into trouble if you formed a qualifying connection after June 26, 2017.

You should not have difficulty entering the country if you were issued an immigrant or non-immigrant visa before June 26, or if you are entering to attend a university. You should also be allowed to enter if you were invited to work a job at a U.S. company or to give a speech.

If you think the travel ban will affect your chances of immigrating to the United States, turn to Kuck Immigration Partners.
 
Charles Kuck is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He will answer your questions and help you navigate the immensely complicated U.S. immigration system.

Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule an initial consultation with a green card attorney in Atlanta. If you would like to learn more about immigration procedures, visit our website at www.immigration.net. 


ICE ahora está persiguiendo a los padres que pagaron para contrabandear a sus hijos a los Estados Unidos

El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de los Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció una nueva iniciativa para detener y enjuiciar a los padres que pagaron para contrabandear a sus hijos a través de la frontera. La iniciativa ha sido condenada por numerosos grupos de defensa de los niños inmigrantes, incluida la Academia Americana de Pediatría.



Los agentes de inmigración han comenzado a interrogar a los niños que cruzan la frontera sin estar acompañados para averiguar quiénes son sus patrocinadores y cómo encontrarlos. Estos niños se utilizan esencialmente como cebo para localizar y detener a sus patrocinadores en los Estados Unidos. Más a menudo que no, ese patrocinador es un padre u otro pariente. Además, ICE está visitando los hogares de estos menores no acompañados después de que son liberados para iniciar los procedimientos de deportación contra estos padres, o arrestar a estos padres cuando traen a sus hijos a reportarse a ICE en las visitas programadas.

En al menos una docena de casos desde Nueva Jersey a Texas, agentes de inmigración han visitado las casas de padres cuyos hijos cruzaron la frontera ilegalmente. Según The Monitor, los agentes pidieron que se dejara entrar, y cuando los padres consintieron o dejaron el hogar, fueron detenidos.

ICE dice que el propósito de la nueva iniciativa es interrumpir las redes de tráfico humano que contrabandean niños a través de la frontera. Esperan que esto reduzca algo de la carga en nuestro sistema inmigratorio atrasado.

Por supuesto, existen numerosos defectos morales y logísticos con el propósito estatal de ICE. Casi el 90 por ciento de los niños que cruzan la frontera sin estar acompañados son puestos bajo la custodia de un pariente basado en los Estados Unidos.

Entonces, ¿qué va a pasar a esos niños cuando sus padres son detenidos por ICE? Se espera que la mayoría permanezca bajo custodia del gobierno, a costa de los contribuyentes. Algunos podrían terminar en casas de acogida.

De ser detenidos por agentes de inmigración a ser interrogados, a ser separados de sus familias, no hay duda que estos niños soportarán un trauma emocional inmenso. Immigration Impact describió nuestro sistema de inmigración como "dramáticamente anticuado" y opinó que subvalora la unidad familiar.

Si usted o un ser querido se enfrenta a una crisis de inmigración, contáctese con Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck ha presentado y ganado cientos de casos de asilo en los últimos 28 años. Él investigará cada elemento de su caso para identificar su mejor opción para convertirse en un residente permanente legal. Llame al 404-816-8611 para reservar una consulta con un abogado de inmigración en Atlanta.

El Presidente Trump y el Director de ICE Tom Homan Apoyan la Nueva Iniciativa

Las políticas de deportación del gobierno de Obama se centraron principalmente en los recién llegados y los inmigrantes con condenas penales. Pero el gobierno de Trump anunció en febrero que también se dirigirá a los padres que patrocinan la entrada ilegal de sus hijos en los Estados Unidos, y que las protecciones de la deportación para los menores no acompañados serían derogadas.

La iniciativa ha sido criticada por causar miedo en la comunidad inmigrante y separar a las familias. El director del ICE, Tom Homan, respondió diciendo que las personas que entran ilegalmente en el país no deben sentirse cómodas, y sobre la separación de las familias, los padres se ponen en esa situación cuando atraviesan ilegalmente la frontera.


Si está preocupado de ser deportado de los Estados Unidos o si tiene preguntas relacionadas con la inmigración, comuníquese con Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck es un abogado de residencia permanente en Atlanta que puede ayudarle a identificar cualquier opción disponible para permanecer en los Estados Unidos. Reserve una consulta hoy llamando al 404-816-8611.

ICE Is Now Targeting Parents Who Paid to Smuggle Their Kids Into the United States

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced a new initiative to detain and prosecute parents who paid to smuggle their kids across the border. The initiative has been condemned by numerous advocacy groups for immigrant children including the American Academy of Pediatrics.



Immigration agents have begun interrogating children who cross the border unaccompanied to find out who their sponsors are and how to find them. These kids are essentially being used as bait to locate and detain their U.S.-based sponsors. More often than not, that sponsor is a parent or other relative. In addition, ICE is visiting the homes of these unaccompanied minors after they are released to start deportation proceedings against these parents, or arresting these parents when they bring their children in to report to ICE on scheduled visits. 

In at least a dozen cases from New Jersey to Texas, immigration agents have visited the homes of parents whose children crossed the border illegally. According to The Monitor, the agents asked to be let in, and when the parents consented or left the home, they were detained.

ICE says the purpose of the new initiative is to disrupt the human-trafficking networks that smuggle kids across the border. They hope this will lessen some of the burden on our backlogged immigration system.

Of course, there are numerous moral and logistical flaws with ICE’s state purpose. Nearly 90 percent of children who cross the border unaccompanied are eventually put in the custody of a U.S.-based relative.

So, what’s going to happen to those kids when their parents are detained by ICE? Most are expected to stay in government custody—at taxpayers’ expense. Some could end up in foster homes.

From being detained by immigration agents to being interrogated to being stripped away from their families, these children are sure to endure immense emotional trauma. Immigration Impact described our immigration system as “dramatically outdated” and opined that it undervalues family unity.

If you or a loved one is facing an immigration crisis, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck has filed and won hundreds of asylum cases over the last 28 years. He will investigate every element of your case to identify your best option for becoming a lawful permanent resident. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Atlanta.

President Trump and ICE Director Tom Homan Support the New Initiative

The Obama administration’s deportation policies focused mostly on recent arrivals and immigrants with criminal convictions. But the Trump administration announced in February that it will also target parents who sponsor their children’s illegal entry into the United States, and that deportation protections for unaccompanied minors would be repealed.

The initiative has been criticized for causing fear in the immigrant community and separating families. ICE Director Tom Homan responded by saying that people who enter the country illegally shouldn’t feel comfortable, and about the separation of families, parents put themselves in that situation when they cross the border illegally.


If you are worried about being deported from the United States or if you have questions related to immigration, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is a green card lawyer in Atlanta who can help you identify any available options to remain in the United States. Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.