I previously commented HERE, about the need to arm yourself with information about your legal rights in the event you are undocumented in the United States. I discussed defenses to removal, even if one is already subject to a formal order of removal.
So far the massive ICE “raids” have been an exercise in anti-immigrant propaganda rather than action. After originally promising to round up and deport “millions,” ICE pared the list down to a mere 2000 individuals with existing orders of removal, and targeted its enforcement actions to several large US cities, none of which were in New Jersey. I have heard of only one possible “raid” incident in New Jersey, and the individual there did not allow ICE to enter his home without a warrant, as is his right under the law.
But the point is that under current ICE policy, any undocumented foreign citizen in the United States is subject to arrest, detention and possible removal, regardless whether or not he or she already has an order of removal.
There is no longer any prosecutorial discretion attached to immigration enforcement actions. If an ICE or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer physically encounters an undocumented foreign citizen anywhere in the United States, that person can be arrested and taken into custody. Lives can be destroyed or dramatically harmed by such actions.
There are ways to win the right to stay in America, but success takes legal expertise and hard work. These are the reasons why I always recommend that the undocumented seek competent legal advice at the earliest opportunity. And this is also why I am always a phone call away
(201-803-2126) from arranging a consult with you.