Ever since the 2016 election ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) have been cruising Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods, stopping certain drivers on the highways and waiting at court houses and arresting people ICE believes are undocumented.
If one is stopped for a traffic violation or asked to produce papers, local, state and federal law enforcement must have probable cause to search vehicles, homes and persons.
Our experienced immigration lawyers and criminal defense attorneys handle both cases in immigration court and state and municipal courts for criminal defense. Probable cause exists when there is reasonable suspicion that a crime has been or is being committed such as driving under the influence or possession of controlled substances. Even a DUI charge can lead to one losing one’s ability to maintain DACA or remain in the U.S. and/or lead to one being detained by ICE.
One is advised to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney before giving up one’s constitutional rights to be safe and secure in one vehicle, home and in public buildings such as department of motor vehicles and court houses.
The Democrats in Congress are urged by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an association of which our immigration attorneys are members, to propose a Bill that would lead to a Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers and those holding Temporary Protective Status.
The Dream Act was proposed for over 10 years ago and it would allow Dreamers to provide two years of community service and gain lawful permanent residence as well as a path to citizenship.
Now that the Democrats will have a majority in Congress next year, immigration attorneys are asking the House of Representatives to reign in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in its efforts to deport non-criminal aliens.
Our Immigration lawyers and criminal defense attorneys have worked to help hundreds of undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions and discuss the immigration consequences of those crimes.