An estimated thousands of undocumented immigrants who have come to the United States from numerous foreign countries have now been left wondering whether they might be deported without warning. A new regulation signed by the President has concluded that anyone undocumented immigrant who has not lived in the nation for at least two concurrent years can be immediately sent out of the country.
This so-called fast-tracking could impact many immigrant families, some of them who have been working hard to assimilate into and become supportive of their adopted communities.
No Due Process for Some Undocumented Immigrants
Aside from the suddenness of this new change, it takes away the due process the United States has always held dear. Not only would immigrants be deported, but they may be denied the opportunity to talk with a lawyer or stand before the courts. Instead, if an individual could not prove they had lived for two consecutive years somewhere in the country, they would be at risk of being forcibly removed.
Many immigration supporters, including immigration attorneys, feel the policy puts an unfair burden on individuals to carry proof that they have lived in the United States for 24 months or longer. Additionally, that proof could be difficult to find. Even authenticated receipts for work payments or notarized statements from landlords could be challenged. And if a person had left the country for any reason, even to make a quick visit to their families elsewhere in the world, they could face swift and unwavering deportation.
How the Government Sees the Changes
According to government entities in favor of the changes in deportation, the move will reduce the costs associated with allowing undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for two or fewer years to go through the court systems. Currently, the courts are overloaded with nearly one million unheard immigration cases, many of which have been pending for years. Government officials also site public safety and security as factors in altering the way some undocumented immigrants are viewed.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Stand Up for Individuals Facing Expedited Removal From the United States
With the new expedited deportations regulations taking effect this summer, many undocumented immigrants have experienced a renewed sense of stress and worry. The Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone who is concerned about being deported. Call the Philadelphia-based offices of Surin & Griffin, P.C. at 215-925-4435 or complete our online contact form to set up an appointment. In addition to working with clients in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region, our experienced immigration attorneys represent individuals and families from around the nation.