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How Might Immigration Policies Be Changing?

Now that the Trump administration is headed to the White House, here are some immigration policies that may change:

Definition of Who Is A Criminal

President-elect Trump’s promise to deport immigrants who are criminals sounds similar to the immigration policy of President Obama, who given the direction to immigration agents to deport criminals too.

President Obama’s definition of a criminal immigrant includes those who pose a threat to national security, gang members and immigrants who have been convicted of felonies. His definition also includes immigrants convicted of three or more misdemeanor crimes or one serious misdemeanor. Under the Obama administration, immigrants who have been found guilty of traffic violations or of purely immigration-related crimes have not generally been targeted.

The incoming Trump administration have yet to say how they will define a criminal immigrant. The new administration will likely focus on those who pose the greatest threat to public safety, however, Trump has vowed to deport all immigrants who are here illegally.

Roundups and Raids

The incoming administration may decide to use more aggressive means of finding undocumented immigrants, such as making roundups in workplaces and other gathering places where undocumented immigrants are likely to be. Mass roundups and raids focusing on illegal immigrants have not been conducted since the Eisenhower administration.

How Many Immigrants Will Be Deported?

During Trump’s campaign, he estimated that there are 2 to 3 million people he would target for deportation. He did not reveal where he got that number but the government has reported that there are approximately that many illegal immigrants here in the U.S. with criminal records subjecting them to deportation.

D.R.E.A.M. Program

The current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows individuals who immigrated illegally as children to the U.S. to petition for a stay of deportation. Under the D.R.E.A.M. program, approximately 750,000 individuals have petitioned to stay and work in the United States.  

President-elect Trump has promised to do away with the program and many believe that he will follow through on his promise.

What Do I Do If I Am Concerned With My Immigration Status?

The Trump administration has not taken office yet. Even when the new administration is in place, it is likely that there will not be immediate changes. If you are concerned with your immigration status, you need to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney. To discuss your status with an immigration attorney, contact the Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal. Attorney Khandelwal has over 10 years experience with immigration law and is located in the heart of Silicon Valley

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