On January 4, 2016, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson issued a statement advising the public that increased removal and enforcement actions would begin immediately. We are posting this important information (below) from the American Immigration Lawyers Association
so that immigrants targeted for removal can seek legal representation before ICE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – comes knocking at the door. It explains which persons are now being targeted for removal and what the rights of those persons are. If you have been targeted for removal, you will need to retain legal assistance to remain in the United States.
The increased enforcement will primarily be ICE agents going to the specific homes of persons with outstanding deportation orders. However, there is also the possibility of ICE “raids” at places of employment. If you are targeted for removal or believe that you are targeted on the basis of the information printed below, if you or someone you love has been taken into custody by ICE, or if you simply have concerns regarding deportation and you need questions answered, you can obtain sound legal advice by contacting the MC Law Group at 702-258-1093 or by completing the “Schedule a Consultation” form on the left side of this page.
Please find attached Notice to the Public re: ICE Enforcement Operations. This is a two page summary in both English and Spanish.
The purpose of this notice is to inform the general public of their rights. It is also an attempt to raise awareness and let the public know what class of immigrants are likely to be targeted in these increased enforcement actions.
The main subjects of this enforcement efforts are likely to be immigrants that fall under Priority 1 in “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” memo issued on November 20, 2014 by Secretary Johnson in addition to the class of people listed in the Secretary Johnson’s statement on January 4, 2016 https://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/01/04/statement-secretary-jeh-c-johnson-southwest-border-security.
At this point, it is extremely important to get the word out to the general public so that those people with removal orders can try to seek legal representation before ICE comes knocking at the door. The information available seems to suggest that the increased enforcement is mainly ICE agents going to the specific homes of people who have outstanding deportation orders. However, as you know, we have also heard limited reports of “raids” in public places.
Thank you to AILA So. Cal. members who have volunteered to be part of the “raid response” team. The type of action that will likely be needed is simply for attorneys to volunteer to give free consultations, or to visit detained families, if possible. If you are interested in volunteering, please respond to this email.
Once again, information sharing is key. Please email AILA national at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any reports of ICE activity.
Genevieve Kovacs Perez
AILA Southern California Chapter