What happened to some recent deportees?
A group of Mexican immigrants who were deported recently have filed a complaint with the Departments of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, the Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, claiming that they were dropped off in their country without their ID’s, money, or cell phones. The complaint goes on to claim that this left them in a dangerous position, and made it more likely that they would fall victim to criminal acts in Mexico.
Why did this make them more vulnerable?
They claimed that these actions made them more vulnerable to crime in Mexico because it made it much harder for them to contact their families or find a way back home. The lack of ID made it harder for them to move through areas and buy things, while the lack of money made it impossible to find the resources to buy a phone or food. This means that they would either have to find a job to gain the financial means to get home, or find an illegal way to obtain money. These acts made it harder for the immigrants to refrain from taking part in illegal actions, and made it more likely that they would try to re-enter the United States.
What are the other effects?
Another problem with being left without their IDs is that these immigrants were unable to find work upon arriving to their hometown. It would take a while to get replacement documents, and until they did their families would have to live without a steady source of income. This often led to their children having to drop out of school and take on work, which means that their family would be permanently affected.
What does this mean for you?
This is a massive problem for anyone who is currently living in the United States illegally, because it means that you are in danger of facing life-changing consequences if you are deported. It is very important that you do everything that you can to ensure that you are protected from deportation. The first think that we would recommend would be evaluating whether or not you are eligible for legal status in the United States. If you are eligible, you can ensure that you are not deported, and therefore do not have too face these consequences. If you are not eligible, we still offer many other programs that we urge you to take advantage of. We offer a free questionnaire that we urge you look through if you are not currently a resident of the United States, located in the offers section on the left hand side of the screen. This questionnaire will examine your immigration options, and help you determine if you qualify for legal status in the United States. If it turns out that you do qualify for legal status, we urge you to contact us and allow us to help you on this path. If you do not qualify for legal status however, we may still be able to help you through our Safe and Secure programs.
What is the Safe Program?
The Safe Program is our general application program that anyone can use. This program helps ensure you are safe from trouble with U.S. law enforcement officers, and also helps make sure that you know your rights. Through the Safe Program, you receive a printed ID card that you can present to law enforcement if you are ever pulled over and accused of committing a crime. If you present this ID to law enforcement, you make it clear to them that you do not plan on answering any questions without your lawyer present. This helps avoid the law enforcement officers intimidating a confession out of you, and ensures that you are treated fairly.
What is the Secure Program?
The SECURE program;applies specifically to cases in which immigration officials detain you. The identity card you receive through the SAFE program won’t keep you from being arrested if you already have an order of arrest or an order of deportation. However, the SECURE program will greatly improve your chances of getting out of detention quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively. When immigration officials first detain you, your family usually has to run around frantically looking for a lawyer. Once they find an attorney, the lawyer will need to make multiple trips to visit you in detention so that you can fill out and sign paperwork. What our SECURE program does, is make sure that all of these things are taken care of before any potential arrest. When you first sign up for the program, we also have the time to do a thorough;background check and attempt to fix any issues that can get you into trouble with law enforcement. Here is what you get with the SECURE program:
- A thorough immigration analysis laying out your options,
- The Safe identity program for two years,
- A free consultation every year for two years to see if your options have changed and to make sure we have the most up to date information for you,
- Preparation for Deferred Action that way once it is implemented you will be ready to file quickly to achieve legal status,
- Criminal background analysis to see if you have outstanding issues that can result in your detention,
- Immigration Background analyses to determine if you have any impediment to achieving legal status and maximizing your ability to get out of immigration detention,
- Signed documentation to get you of detention either via an Immigration Judge or through immigration in case you already have an order of deportation.