Obama Administration Warns Sanctuary Cities to Comply with Deportation Orders

Fort Meyers, FL- This week, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a new deportation policy that targets undocumented immigrants who are spending time in federal prison.

The new policy encourages sanctuary cities and local law enforcement agencies to comply with any deportation orders issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The new policy outlined by AG Lynch at a House Appropriations subcommittee directs the Bureau of Prisons to hand over immigrants to ICE when a deportation order is issued, even if the prisoner hasn’t completed their sentence, Politico reports.

Local police agencies can choose to prosecute an immigrant but must give federal authorities assurances that they will release undocumented immigrants to ICE once they have served their sentences.

“This may have the effect that there may be local cases that may not be able to be prosecuted because, again, the person will be taken into ICE custody and then deported,” Lynch said to the subcommittee. “And if a jurisdiction has a concern over that, we will talk to them, but we would have to have assurances that ICE would also then be able to get the individual back.”

Jessica Bansal, litigation director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, told KBTX that the new policy won’t affect too many immigrants. Overall, activists are not upset over the new policy since it mainly targets immigrants spending time in federal prison.

If you or a loved, one has been issued an order of removal, your first course of action should be to retain an immigration lawyer in Florida to explore your options for avoiding deportation.

There are a number of reasons an immigrant can sent an order of removal. In many cases, deportation can be avoided by requesting an appeal or applying for an adjustment of status. With experienced legal help, it is possible for an immigrant to stop deportation and remain in the U.S.

Once you receive an order of removal, USAttorneys suggests you contact an immigration lawyer immediately so they can begin to working on your deportation defense. If you act immediately, you will have a greater chance of remaining free while your case works through the system and you wait for a decision in your case.

The Immigration Nationality Act allows undocumented immigrants to seek deportation relief as long as the meet certain criteria, including their occupation, relationship with U.S. citizens and their connections. You may still be eligible for deportation relief if you entered the country illegally. There are a number of ways for an immigrant to appeal an order of removal.

USAttorneys urges you to contact an immigration lawyer in Fort Meyers, Florida to determine if you are eligible for deportation relief or an adjustment of status. We recommend you contact the law offices of Michael Raheb and set up a time to discuss your case. No matter what your immigration needs, Michael Raheb can help so, you don’t have to live in fear of deportation.