It’s very important that immigrants know and understand how the law has changed when it comes to living and working in America. As of 2017, an executive order allowing local law enforcement officials to do the duties of federal immigration officers when it comes to the investigation, apprehension or detention of residents living in the country without valid visas.
Under a federal program called “Secure Communities,” all arrestees are fingerprinted and run through a federal database which checks their criminal record and immigration status. Secure Communities is an American deportation program that relies on partnership among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the interior immigration enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security, is the program manager.
There are several groups that can help individuals understand the new changes: Arkansas United Community Coalition in Springdale, the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock, the U.S. Immigration Support website (which is not affiliated with the United States government, and the Danna Young Law Firm located in Little Rock, AR.
It is important to understand how the immigration process works and what options are available to help you achieve your goals. We will help you learn about the law, how it applies to your specific situation and what steps to take.
Understanding your options is the first step. Call the Danna Young law firm at 501-414-0264 or contact us online to discuss your situation. Spanish-speaking services are available. Hablamos español.