Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon
Last month was the first in my series of articles on how immigration law is changing and how immigration law often intersects with criminal law. I now include the same disclaimer that neither the author nor the editor of the Brighton Buzz takes any position or opinion on this issue. Our job is to keep you informed.
As 2017 moves forward, more changes to immigration law are very possible. That is why it’s critical that you contact an immigration attorney with specific questions about your case if you feel that you may be in danger of being deported. It is not uncommon to hire both an immigration attorney and criminal defense attorney so the attorneys can work together to achieve the best possible result.
Last month, I discussed the President’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order. I will update you on what has happened since. On February 20, 2017, Department of Homeland Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum implementing the president’s Executive Order entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.”
One of the key points of Secretary Kelly’s memorandum is that, under the Executive Order, “ICE will not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of immigration law may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”
How have these changes affected us locally?
- United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE) have increased their presence at local courthouses in Adams County, Weld County, and Denver County.
- There have been reports that ICE agents have arrested undocumented criminal defendants at state courthouses and taken them directly into federal custody to begin the deportation process.
- Additional reports indicate that alleged victims of violent crimes are afraid to show up to state court and testify due to their fears of being arrested and deported.
The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.
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