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The difference between unlawful presence and improper entry

In the United States, in the eyes of immigration officials, while illegal immigration is unlawful, an immigrant's unlawful presence is not. There is a clear delineation between the two categories and depending on which one you fall into, potential benefits and consequences associated with each.

Law enforcement pushing back against sanctuary cities

As 2017 marches on, law enforcement throughout the United States continues to crack down on enforcing immigration law to its limit (and sometimes beyond). While the country as a whole is very divided on the issue, the White House continues to direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to commit greater and greater resources to identifying immigrants who violate a wide variety of laws and prosecuting them with severe consequences.

Can you get a green card as a U nonimmigrant?

The victims of criminal acts already have life hard enough without having to worry about leaving the country. For nonimmigrants who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse while in the United States, there is a green card that could help them stay in the United States while they get the care and support they need.

Law enforcement detaining immigrant parents, leaving children

Many immigrants throughout Georgia now live in constant fear that the lives they've built in America may be stripped from them at any moment. Numerous reports from various news outlets suggest that law enforcement here in Georgia look for any kind of legal discrepancy or infraction whenever they interact with immigrants, and initiate deportation if they find anything.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is safe, for now

After months of what feels like daily bad news for immigrants living in Georgia and throughout the United States, there is a glimpse of good news from the White House for individuals who came to country as young children. According to recently released statements from the Trump administration, immigrants protected under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can continue to enjoy those protections — for now.

Georgia immigration arrests have increased sharply

It is easy to get overwhelmed by fear and rumors, especially when you fear for your security. In recent months, many immigrant communities have faced difficult times while news reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement were increasing deportations throughout the country and here in Atlanta. Unfortunately, the stories of this increase in arrests and deportation are now being validated with hard numbers.

Is it safe to drive as an immigrant in Georgia?

Immigrants in Georgia face a particularly difficult dilemma right now, and there is no good way to know when it will end. In recent months, law enforcement in Georgia has begun to convert routine traffic stops into deportation procedures. While many parties oppose this practice and see it as grossly unfair treatment to immigrants, it is still happening, and may continue for the foreseeable future.

How might a government shutdown affect immigration?

You may have heard recently that the government is facing another possible shutdown. This can mean many things for each individual government agency and department, because each one operates a little differently. Also, under a government shutdown, there are still "essential workers" in most agencies who would still continue to work. Even though Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown a few weeks ago, the news is already talking about another potential shutdown soon. So what might that mean for immigration issues?

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