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Allegations of Immigration Violations Require Special Counsel

Posted on: July 31, 2013 by in immigration
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bigstock-Image-of-business-contract-on--39481198Immigration law is taken very seriously in the United States, which is why anyone accused of violating immigration law should let an attorney represent his or her legal interests. American citizens who violate migration law face the risk of fines, business sanctions, and jail time, while foreign citizens who violate America’s immigration laws face practically the same risks, along with the risk of deportation back to his or her country of origin.

How U.S. Citizens can Violate Immigration Law

When an American citizen is accused of violating migration  law, it is generally related to the American’s business activity. While hiring of foreign citizens is allowed in U.S. businesses, there are several rules which must be followed that apply directly to businesses engaged in hiring and employing foreign citizens. If these requirements are not met, the American citizen runs the risk of attracting the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

How Foreign Citizens Violate Immigration Law

Because of their status as a foreign citizen living in the United States, immigrants are held to several standards which do not apply to U.S. citizens. For example, an migration  who was granted entry to the United States for the purpose of receiving an education must remain an active student in order to comply with migration requirements. Likewise, an immigrant granted entry to the United States for employment must remain actively employed in order to remain in compliance. Also, individuals who are allowed entry to the United States on any kind of visa are expected to refrain from committing any acts which are considered illegal in the U.S. jurisdiction where they reside. Performance of a criminal act exposes the foreign citizen visa holder to the risk of deportation even if the immigrant is able to remain in compliance with all other provisions of the specific visa which he or she holds.

Too Much On the Line

To say the least, there is a lot on the line after someone is accused of a violation of immigration law. For U.S. citizens, their very reputations and freedoms are on the line, and for non U.S. citizens, it is the lives which they have worked so hard to build in the United States. This is why anyone who is accused of a violation of immigration law, whether a U.S. or foreign citizen, should seek the advice of experienced immigration legal counsel. An immigration attorney, like any other type of attorney, can speak on behalf of the accused during interviews with law enforcement and at trial before a judge to ensure that the rights of the accused remain intact and that the accused is given the best opportunity to present a valid defense as possible.

Getting Legal Advice Before Allegations

Perhaps the best way to avoid immigration legal trouble is by seeking preemptive legal counsel. For American citizens involved in a business that hires and employs immigrants, an attorney can advise the citizen on his or her rights and responsibilities as they pertain to immigration law. For foreign citizens, knowing exactly what they are required to do in order to remain in compliance with visa requirements can potentially help the foreign citizen avoid the serious consequences of immigration law violations.

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Immigration Bill

Posted on: June 25, 2013 by in immigration reform
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bigstock-Citizenship-documents-43205116The President recently commended the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving a bipartisan immigration reform check proposal – the committee has spent several weeks debating the language which would be included in the bill and, although not every politician was able to get exactly what they wanted, the President remains hopeful that immigration reform is right around the corner. Of course, the critics are saying otherwise.

The President’s Role

After both the Senate and the House of Representatives can come up with a full and final check for immigration reform, the bill is sent to the President’s desk for a signature. If the President affixes his signature to the bill, it becomes law. If the President refuses to sign the bill or vetoes the bill altogether, then it can be sent back to the legislative branch for another vote to override the President’s decision, but it would need the support of 2/3rds of Congress. If the bill is unable to garner the support of 2/3rds of the legislative branch, then the bill dies.

So far, only the Senate has a final version of a bill which it will be voting on soon – it is unsure whether or not the House will vote on the same check or draft one of its own. Both chambers of Congress must agree on a full and final bill before a bill can go to the President to be signed into law.

The Mood in the Senate

Overall, the Senate seems pleased that it has been able to negotiate a bipartisan deal for immigration reform, and so do many members of the general public. It was reported that when the Senate Judiciary Committee finalized their version of the check which will be sent to the rest of the Senate for a vote, the Senate chamber erupted with cheer, and many members of the crowd began chanting “Si se puede,” the famous battle cry of famed labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

Assuming that the bill is able to pass a Senate vote, which many believe that it will, it remains unknown how the House of Representatives will react. Some members of the House, which maintains a Republican majority, have already expressed their own doubts over whether or not the Senate’s check will be able to withstand the scrutiny of the House, with many certain that the bill will be squashed.

Speculation Isn’t News

It’s easy for critics to speculate on which direction the Senate and the House will take with progress toward immigration reform, but until a check  is signed into law by the President or passed into law by a 2/3rd Congressional majority, speculation remains nothing more than words. Immigrants currently living in the country are advised by legal professionals to avoid misinterpretations of speculation for news. For the most accurate and up to date information on the progress of immigration reform, immigrants should only seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney, who studies and practices the very specific field of immigration law, for information regarding their status and immigration reform in general.