Immigrant rights attorneys are offering help to illegal aliens — especially those convicted of crimes and those dodging deportation orders — to stay in the United States.
“This is not the time to be on your own,” counseled Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides services across Southern California, according to a report in Los Angeles Daily News on Thursday.
Cabrera emphasized the fact that if criminal illegal aliens want to stay in this country, they must consult an attorney… but it won’t be cheap.
In California, a new law was passed which will help illegal residents “who are no longer in jail or prison to file a motion to vacate their criminal convictions” with a variety of loopholes.
“For example, a conviction or sentence can be legally invalid if, due to poor legal representation, a defendant did not fully understand the immigration consequences of accepting a guilty plea,” according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a national nonprofit agency that co-sponsored the new legislation.
Under President Trump’s crackdown on illegal criminals, the Department of Homeland Security has published memos stating, “Any immigrant living in the U.S. illegally who has been charged or convicted of any crime, or even suspected of committing a crime, is now an enforcement priority.”
However, there are attorneys and activists actively working to navigate their way through immigration laws so that criminals can stay put in the United States.
Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said that she believes illegal aliens who have already served their time in prison should be able to stay in the country. “There are likely many people arrested in the raids who committed non-violent crimes years ago, already paid their time in jail, and have re-established their lives,” she has reportedly said.
Hadley Bajramovic, an immigration attorney serving the Mexican and Guatemalan consulates in San Bernardino, advises illegal immigrant clients not to stop going to their scheduled meetings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), despite recent news reports about the deportation of an illegal mother in Arizona who went to her regularly-scheduled meeting with ICE and was arrested for a crime she had previously committed regarding identity theft.
“Once an individual stops cooperating with ICE, then it gets very difficult to help that individual,” Bajramovic said, noting that attorneys can explore a variety of new loopholes in the law to protect illegals from deportation.
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