Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and uncertainty about being able to remain in the country are constant fears for immigrants who lack legal standing or citizenship status here in the U.S. Stories of individuals being separated from their families and people locked away from their loved-ones are constant topics in the news.
Often times, ICE can only detain individuals recorded on specific deportation lists however, some people might not realize they are on these lists. If you are uncertain whether to be concerned about deportaion or detainment, consider that ICE is looking for people who:
- Have prior convictions or pending criminal cases
- Have final orders of removal
- Have committed fraud in applications to the government
- Are believed to pose a threat to public safety or national security
Even if you are a Green Card holder or Permanent Resident, you are not exempt if you meet these conditions. You must follow all the restrictions dictated by the Green Card. Remember, if you are in the United States under a tourist visa, you are not allowed to work. Do not take the risk!
Green Card holders must be aware of restrictions including, but are not limited to:
- You must not vote or register to vote, thus misrepresenting your status
- You must alert USCIS to any change of address within ten days of moving or face serious consequences, such as losing your Green Card
- You must obtain a permanent residence
- You must not commit fraud of any kind
Policy trends show ICE raids and deportation checkpoints are ramping up to find and detain undocumented individuals—specifically those with a criminal history. Many of these policies have been aimed at immigrants entering from Mexico and Central America, many of which are legally seeking asylum but are being treated like criminals..
Though it is scary to imagine being detained or separated from your family, understanding your rights and the limits of ICE’s jurisdiction are your best bets for ensuring you are not detained. We can help with this.
If you are ever caught in this tough situation, you are not alone. Reach out to Joey Gilbert Law, either through our website or a phone call, and let us FIGHT for YOU and YOUR FAMILY!