Detained in York County Prison

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http://www.pacountycorrections.org

ADDRESS:

York County Prison
Philadelphia Field Office
3400 Concord Road ,York, PA, 17402

WEBSITE: https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/york-county-prison

VISITING HOURS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

Non-criminal, medium and maximum-security detainees:
Male and Female detainees: Daily: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Male detainees only: Daily: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Female detainees only: Every day except Sunday: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Minimum-security and work release detainees:
Female detainees only: Daily: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Male detainees only: Daily: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Work Release Female detainees only: Daily: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Work Release Male detainees only: Daily: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

VISITING HOURS FOR LAWYERS/ATTORNEY/LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES:
Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients at any time.

CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS AND INFORMATION:
Facility Main Telephone Line: (717) 840-7580
Field Office Main Telephone Line: (717) 840-7253

If you need information about a detainee that is housed at this facility, you may call (717) 840-7253 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you call, please have the individual’s biographical information ready, including first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth.

Detainees cannot receive incoming calls. If you need to get in touch with a detainee you must call (717) 840-7580 or (717) 840-7253 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and leave the detainee’s full name, alien registration number and a telephone number where you can be reached. He or she will be given your message.

 

COMPLAINTS MADE REGARDING THIS FACILITY:

  • Detainees must wear uniforms and are sometimes handcuffed.
  • Detainees are not free to leave the detention center and movement within the facility is restricted.
  • Detainees have limited access to healthcare. Access to mental health care is also limited.
  • Food and dietary restrictions due to religious observances is limited.
  • Restricted access to communal religious services.
  • Limited access to outdoor spaces.
  • Close proximity of facility to industrial sanitation plant and its’ related odor/fumes limits fresh air in outdoor areas.

 CONDITIONS OF FACILITY:

  • Overall facilities cleanliness is average.
  • All family or other social visits are non-contact.
  • Visits shall not exceed 30 minutes and shall not be made more often than 3 times each week.

If you or a loved one has been detained or is being held in a Detention Facility and need legal representation, please contact our Immigration Attorneys and Legal Counselors at Diaspora Law: www.diasporalaw.com  |   800-919-9280

Latino with DACA detained for almost a year, finally released!

Tattoo, La Virgen

Tattoo, La Virgen

Close to three quarters of a million immigrant youth have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Deferred Action simply means that the Deportation that could be imminent will be deferred to a later time, and every two years these dreamers will have to re-apply and renew DACA.  Accusations of “gang membership” are used to deport these youth. Under president elect Trump, it is uncertain if DACA will continue to be provided, and how guide the persecution against immigrants will be.

Our client had renewed his DACA already, had been paying taxes for almost three years, attended church, and helped his young nephews with school.  Then, suddenly, one cold day in January 2016, he was victim of an ICE raid; officers broke into his home and detained him – no explanations given.

Unbeknownst to our client, he had been observed online by the NJ Gang-Task-Force, an inter-agency law enforcement group comprised of Immigration, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Local Police.  One of the agents was tasked into local youths’ activities and postings.  Our client’s activity led to the misconception that he was a gang member.

Since 1992 ICE has collaborated closely with the task force. Since 2005, Immigration has used the label of “gang member” to place in removal undocumented youth from the Latino and Asian American communities.  Many of these deportees did not have a criminal background, or a history of violence.

Urban youth groups, sometimes intermingled with gang culture, thinking its “cool” to act as though they are associated with a gang, although for the most part they are really just seeking social acceptance. Unfortunately ICE does not see it the same way.  ICE began targeting MS-13, and 18th Street gang, but later extended the scope of their targets to include the Latin Kings, Vatos Locos, Mexican Mafia, Bloods, Crips, Spanish Gangster Disciples, La Raza, Border Brothers, Brown Pride, Norteños, Florencia 13, Tiny Rascal, Asian Boyz, and Jamaican Posse.

There are no clear laws or ICE procedures that clarify who is a true gang member, an associate, or a mere fan of urban culture. However, if anyone posts on social media anything slightly related to street and gang culture, they can be subject to an ICE raid and, subsequently, persecution. Be careful with what you post!

Immigration Judge Tadal in the Elizabeth Immigration court provided a complete review of our client’s history and accepted our request for bond.  She provided a very fair review and an opinion finding that our client lacked any criminal or violent history, and that there was sufficient evidence to show he is not a danger to the community.  The role of community organizations and experts continues to be vital. No legal representation could be fully complete if the community is not involved in helping those who are detained. United We Dream and Unidad Latina en Accion were instrumental in obtaining the release of not only this DACAmented youth, as well as Joshua Mason who shared with the court his experience rehabilitating youth from gang influence.

According to the White House, the U.S. could see its GDP level increase by 0.4 percent, or $90 billion in real GDP, by 2014 if Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs are implemented.  DACA has changed many lives across the nation; it has allowed families to purchase homes and cars, and even go into higher education.

Unfortunately, DACA is not the end of the story.  Immigrant communities continue to demand more accountability for ICE abuses and a more permanent solution to integrate immigrants into society.

 

Whitehouse Report: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/cea_2014_economic_effects_of_immigration_executive_action.pdf

Immigration Report: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/Reports%20and%20Studies/Immigration%20Forms%20Data/All%20Form%20Types/DACA/I821d_performancedata_fy2016_qtr2.pdf

Gang Expert: Joshua Mason

www.jmasonconsulting.com/

How To Find A Good Immigration Lawyer

Finding an immigration lawyer can be a daunting task. Finding a good immigration lawyer can be even more daunting. The better way to think about it however,  is how can I find the right immigration lawyer?

For most people, finding a lawyer happens at the last moment when you suddenly need one. Often when this occurs there are usually two major concerns — is this person actually going to be able to help me? and how much is this going to cost? Needless to say rushing through the process of finding competent representation coupled with concerns about money are never a good mix. Not only can mistakes be made, but you might even incur thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal costs and still have a negative outcome in your case.

Overall, the most important thing to understand when starting your search for the right immigration lawyer is that immigration law can be very complex and the information available out there can be inaccurate. Immigration mistakes or errors can end up costing your family money or even worst federal imprisonment or deportation. Having or finding the right immigration lawyer might very well be the most important investment you will ever make to ensure your family’s future in the United States. As is often said, sometimes it’s better to leave it to the professionals.

To make this process easier, we’re going walk you through how to find the right immigration lawyer.

How To Find The Right Immigration Lawyer before an emergency arises

Being proactive in your search for the right immigration lawyer is always the better option. Taking the appropriate steps and doing due-diligence and research can greatly provide a sense of relief and confidence if a legal issue should arise in the future. By taking the time to research an immigration lawyer ahead of time gives you the ability to focus on what’s most important, your case. But where do you begin?

Before you begin your search for an immigration lawyer, here are Four Steps to take before your first meeting with an Immigration Lawyer. There you will find a checklist that will help you enter your first consultation prepared and help guide you when searching for the right immigration lawyer.


Finding The Right Immigration Attorney Time to Find a Lawyer!

Now that you’ve gone over the checklist to prepare for your search, let’s talk about the actual search for the right immigration lawyer for you and your family. There are many ways to find a good immigration lawyer. The first that might come to mind might be checking online but often great lawyers can be found through personal references. Ask family and friends. Contact university or other school alumni associations. You can even call your local immigration advocacy organizations in your community and check to see if they have a list of immigration lawyers that they would recommend. You can also check with your local library or community social clubs that target specific immigrant communities. And be sure to also give consideration to community reputation. Has the lawyer established a good name for himself or herself in the community? If your lawyer has a sterling community reputation, chances are it was earned through hard work. Although there is no one way to search for an immigration lawyer, personal or community references can be very helpful in distinguishing a good lawyer from a bad one. A strong reference from a friend or colleague is often the best indicator of whether a lawyer is good or not.

As you begin to make phone calls or appointments for first-time consultations with an immigration lawyer, there are several important things to consider. We’ve outlined some of the most important things to keep in mind as you find the right immigration lawyer for you and your family. Please keep in mind that a good lawyer or the right lawyer for you will always be open to answering your questions and provide the following information. If a lawyer is hesitant to answer your questions or gives misleading information, it might be worth considering finding another lawyer. The difference between a bad lawyer and a great lawyer is the ability for that lawyer to clearly communicate every step of the process regarding your case, all fees that might be included and be willing to answer any question you might have. Don’t be shy and ask if you are unclear or unsure about any step in the process!

Another important question that sits at the heart of most important things to consider when searching for the right immigration lawyer is cost. We’ve got a great outline to help navigate the cost of legal fees and more here: How Do Legal Fees Work?

Outside of cost however, what are some other things you should consider during your search? Here are more helpful tips:

What is the Lawyer’s Focus of practice?

Within immigration law, there are a variety of subspecialties – employment, family, asylum, deportation, etc. Consider going with a lawyer with a strong background in your particular type of case. Please also be aware that many lawyers list immigration law as one of a variety of types of matters they handle. It is tough enough for a full-time immigration lawyer to keep abreast of all of the developments in the practice area. It is nearly impossible to be a top-notch immigration lawyer while trying to balance being an expert in many other practice areas as well. So be mindful and be sure to find out if the lawyer is an immigration exclusive lawyer or not. While someone can be a good immigration lawyer and also be very competent in another practice area, watch out for lawyers where immigration is one practice area on a laundry list of claimed specialties. Make sure that the lawyer that you choose is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA is probably the immigration lawyer’s best resource for up-to-date information. While being an AILA member is not a sure sign of quality, it may indicate that the lawyer is keeping up with this rapidly changing field of law.

How Many Years of Practice Do They Have? How Qualified Are They?

The amount of years a lawyer has been in practice seems like an obvious consideration when choosing a lawyer. But choosing a lawyer with multiple years of experience isn’t always the best choice. In truth, it depends on what your needs are and the experience of the lawyer. Much of immigration law is unwritten and the longer one is in practice, the better one’s instincts become. But the opposite can be true as well. Lawyers who have been practicing for years may become lazy about staying up to date on the latest changes. Some of the worst lawyers practicing immigration law in this country are the ones who have been around the longest. So try and strike a balance.

Another thing to consider is their Board Certification. A few states certify lawyers in the practice of immigration law. If your lawyer practices in a state that does, make sure he or she has this credential. It is no guarantee of quality, but it can certainly be an indicator. Also, give some consideration to the the lawyer’s educational background. While many fine lawyers have come out of mediocre law schools and lousy lawyers come out of the best law schools, where a lawyer went to school can still be an indicator of a person’s ability to achieve. With numerous sources of information now available in the internet, you can often find out not only where a lawyer went to school but awards they may have won, publications they have in well-known Law Journals or even extra-curricular activities they engaged in during Law School that might benefit your case or your community.

Who is Doing the Work? A Lawyer or a Paralegal?

One of the ways immigration practices are attempting to keep costs down is to hire paralegals and legal assistants to do much of the work that immigration lawyers used to do on their own. In some markets, this may be the only way to keep costs low enough for people to afford to hire a lawyer. But you should know what you are paying for. Some of the most expensive immigration firms still with extremely high ratios of paralegals – sometimes as high as ten paralegals per lawyer. A more modest ratio of one to two paralegals per lawyer may mean that the firm is not too overloaded with work and it may mean that the lawyer you thought you were hiring actually knows what is happening on your case and has the time to speak with you about your case.

Local vs. National: Should I always use a Local Lawyer?

Unlike most fields of law, the location of your immigration lawyer is not nearly as important as you might think. Immigration law is strictly federal in nature. This means that it is basically the same across the country and a lawyer in one state practices under the same system as in every other state. Immigration law is almost entirely administrative as well. That means that most petitions are submitted by mail and personal appearances by an immigration lawyer are becoming less and less common. It is recommended that you get a local immigration lawyer if your case involves appearances before local immigration judges or the local U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) district office. In these cases, local lawyers know the personalities and procedures of the local immigration office better than someone across the country. If your case involves filings at a regional service center or dealings with consulates, then it doesn’t matter where your lawyer’s office is.

We hope that this outline helps you to find the right immigration lawyer for you and your family. No matter who you choose to represent your case, what’s most important is that you find a lawyer who really seems to care about your case. These are the lawyers that will go above and beyond to represent you and help you with your legal needs. Taking the time to research an immigration lawyer and finding the right one for your legal situation is the best investment you can provide to yourself and your family. When it comes to US immigration there are no shortcuts. The process is long, hard and takes time. But with the right immigration lawyer to guide you, US immigration can be a much less daunting affair.

If you require legal representation or are looking to begin your immigration journey, please contact our offices at Diaspora Law. We’ve got great references from our local community too! To check out our community partner organizations, click here.

How Do Legal Fees Work?

Lawyer’s fees can vary greatly and although it is tempting to always find the cheapest lawyer possible, cost should never be the only consideration given to choosing a lawyer. If you have trouble affording a good lawyer or you are part of a low-income community, there are programs out there to help. Understanding how legal fees work and how lawyer’s structure their pay can help you to make a better decision in choosing the right lawyer for your situation. Although lawyers’ fees vary greatly, there are two primary methods of pricing: an hourly rate or a flat fee. Occasionally, the lawyer may propose a mixed pricing structure. When you meet a potential lawyer for the first time consultation or when making initial phone calls to potential lawyers, it is very important that you understand how you will be charged for work on your case.

Difference Between Hourly Fees and Flat Fees?

Many lawyers charge by the hour or have hourly fees based on the time they and their staff spend working on your case. If your case is simple and does not require much time, this option might be for you. However, if your case is labor intensive, the hourly fees will add up quickly. You will pay not just for the time the lawyer spends working on the case, but also for the time each paralegal and legal assistant works the case as well. This also includes time when they are discussing your case amongst themselves and all the time you spend on the phone with them. Some lawyers charge a different rate for their time as opposed to the time of their support staff. Very often however, lawyers will use a Flat Fee for “routine” cases such as an H-1B or Labor Certification application. In this pricing model, you and the lawyer agree on the price ahead of time, regardless of how long the case may take to work. In this model, it is to the advantage of the lawyer to work your case as efficiently as possible. If unexpected complications arise that change the nature of your case, be aware that it may be necessary to re-negotiate the contract.

Can Hourly Fees and Flat Fees be combined?

Yes! With some complicated cases, a lawyer may not be able to assess a flat fee up front as it may not be certain how much work is involved in the case. The lawyer may suggest that the case be handled on an hourly basis. Since some cases can result in significant number of billable hours, you may wish to explore the possibility of converting the case to a flat fee after the legal fees have reached a certain figure. This would serve to limit the expense from your end and deter the firm from running up your fees. However, if your case involves considerable amount of court time and preparation, this may not be an option.

Other Costs to Keep in Mind!

In addition to the legal fees, it is important to understand what other costs you may be expected to pay. Ask about these costs up front as they may add significantly to the cost of your case. Be sure to ask about the cost of Photocopies, Filing Fees or other services such as document translation costs DNA testing or the cost of evaluating your credentials. Be sure to also ask when these must be paid such as government filing fees, etc.

What is a Retainer?

After the initial consultation the lawyer should send you a retainer agreement to sign. This agreement formalizes your relationship with the lawyer and establishes the scope of the case. It will include what the case is (i.e. an H-1B filing, a J-1 waiver, a case for permanent residency), the legal fees, the costs you will pay and when you are expected to pay them. Read this document carefully and understand the terms of the representation agreement. This is a legally binding agreement so make sure you are absolutely clear on the stipulations of your retainer agreement!

Four Steps to take before meeting an Immigration Lawyer

Before you begin your search for an immigration lawyer, here are Four Steps to take before your first meeting with an Immigration Lawyer. This checklist will help you enter your first consultation prepared and help guide you when searching for the right immigration lawyer.

Step 1: Assess your legal needs

Take the time to address what your current legal status is and do some research to find out what steps will need to be taken in the future to ensure that all of your legal immigration requirements will be met. Maybe you just recently decided to immigrate to the United States for work or family but don’t know where to start. Or perhaps you’ve just decided to get married to a foreign national. You might even already be a permanent resident in the United States but are thinking of becoming a U.S. citizen at some point in the future. You might even be an undocumented person who after careful consideration wants to transition to a legal status but needs guidance on how to ensure every step forward is done legally. No matter what your current immigration status is, it is critical that during these early stages you take the time to research and get legal consultation. Preparing as much as possible during the early stages of US immigration can prevent numerous legal problems further down the line. Another benefit of preparing ahead of time is that by learning the basic information and requirements regarding your immigration needs, you will have an important outline to work with when searching for the right immigration lawyer and provide you with a solid starting point.

A great place to start is the official United States government immigration website, US Citizenship and Immigration Services also known as USCIS, https://www.uscis.gov

Step 2: Know what to expect from an Immigration Lawyer

The right immigration lawyer should be able to give you an honest and thorough assessment of your case and be able to explain the options that are available to you based on not only the current law, but also changes that are in the legislative and judicial pipeline at any given time. The lawyer can then work with you to prepare your case and represent you in front of the administrative agency handling your application. The lawyer should be able to explain to the government agency why your case meets the requirements of the law and if problems arise, will use additional resources to help resolve the issue or prepare your case for an appeal. These are the minimum services any good lawyer should provide. If at any point you feel that your lawyer is not providing these basic provisions it’s time to reassess your lawyer and see where improvements can be made or get a new lawyer.

Step 3: Honesty is the Best Policy

This point can’t be stressed enough. Before you begin your search for an immigration lawyer it is critical that you accept that the best way for your lawyer to help you will mean that you will need to be completely honest in your dealings with that lawyer. The lawyer will need to have a clear, accurate picture of your situation. If you have worked without permission, neglected to file tax forms or been arrested the lawyer needs to know as it may affect your immigration options. Remember that your discussions with the lawyer and his/her staff are confidential. By withholding information not only are you doing yourself and your family a disservice but you are also preventing your lawyer from doing their job as best as possible in defending you. Honesty is always the absolute best policy.

Step 4: Gather All Your Documents

If there is one thing that is certain no matter what kind of immigration case you have it is that there will be alot of paperwork and documentation required. In almost every case, your lawyer will need to see just about everything in anyway, shape or form to your case. Gather all of your immigration documents, which include any documents relating to your education, financial statements and account information, tax information, rental and lease agreements, mortgage and home ownership documentation, accomplishments, marriages, divorces, birth of children, arrests or convictions, etc. Before you head out to your first consultation with a potential lawyer, be prepared and bring everything.

$11.64 billion in Tax Revenue for Local Economies – The Source? Undocumented Immigrants

Much has been said in recent presidential election debates on the perceived threats of ‘illegal immigration’ on the United States economy. The political discourse has even gone from hot to heated with phrases like “Who’s going to pay for the wall? Mexico!” entering the 2016 presidential race lexicon. But do the numbers and empirical data support the assessment that the economic impact of undocumented immigrants on the United States has been negative? In a recent study, The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a public policy research institute based in Washington, DC approached this question from a different vantage point – Tax Contributions.

The report, Undocumented Immigrants’ State & Local Tax Contributions, shed some light on an overlooked outcome of the undocumented workforce on the US economy – increased tax revenue. The study found that “Like other people living and working in the United States,” undocumented immigrants “pay sales and excise taxes when they purchase goods and services (for example, on utilities, clothing and gasoline). They pay property taxes directly on their homes or indirectly as renters. Many undocumented immigrants also pay state income taxes. The best evidence suggests that at least 50 percent of undocumented immigrant households currently file income tax returns using Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs), and many who do not file income tax returns still have taxes deducted from their paychecks.” That’s right. As it turns out, there’s a big secret in the US undocumented immigrant community that never seems to enter the public political discourse: undocumented workers pay taxes. Given that current population estimates of undocumented immigrants in the US is at or around 11.3 million (Pew Research Center 2015), it would seem their overall annual contributions might instead glean some overlooked outcomes of the undocumented community on the US economy.

If undocumented workers contribute to state and local taxes through varied revenue streams, how then does this affect the broader national economy? The recent ITEP study provides some key findings that might provide more insight:

— Undocumented immigrants contribute significantly to state and local taxes, collectively paying an estimated $11.64 billion a year. Contributions range from almost $2.2 million in Montana with an estimated undocumented population of 4,000 to more than $3.1 billion in California, home to more than 3 million undocumented immigrants.

— Undocumented immigrants nationwide pay on average an estimated 8 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes (this is their effective state and local tax rate). To put this in perspective, the top 1 percent of taxpayers pay an average nationwide effective tax rate of just 5.4 percent. Granting legal status to all undocumented immigrants in the United States as part of a comprehensive immigration reform and allowing them to work legally would increase their state and local tax contributions by an estimated $2.1 billion a year. Their nationwide effective state and local tax rate would increase to 8.6 percent.

— The state and local tax contributions of the undocumented immigrants who could be directly impacted by President Obama’s 2012 and 2014 executive actions would increase by an estimated $805 million a year once fully in place. The effective state and local tax rate for this population would increase from 8.1 to 8.6 percent. State and local revenue gains from the executive actions are smaller than gains from granting legal status to all undocumented immigrants because the actions (if upheld) would only affect around 46 percent of the undocumented population and the actions do not grant a full pathway to lawful permanent residence or citizenship.

It is clear that the undocumented community has a significant impact on state and local tax revenue. But will the $11.64 billion overall tax contribution of this community be enough to direct policy-makers to create a more inclusive framework of immigration reform that further bolsters state and local economies? Both sides of the aisle should at the very least give the issue further consideration.

¿Hillary Pasará Una Reforma Inmigratoria?

Fusion.net Hillary 2016 Poll Picture

Fusion.net Hillary 2016 Poll Picture

Hillary Clinton tiene una historia complicada con el tema de inmigración. Cuando era la Primera Dama en la Administración de su esposo, el Presidente Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton apoyó la Reforma de Inmigración Ilegal y Responsabilidad del Inmigrante (Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, IIRIRA) de 1996. Esta ley discriminatoria causó un aumento inmenso de deportaciones por simples violaciones de leyes civiles o administrativas, no criminales. Las herramientas disponibles para los abogados de inmigración también cambiaron drásticamente con IIRIRA. Entre otras cosas, bajo esta ley, un inmigrante puede ser considerado un “criminal” aunque su ofensa sea solo una infracción de tráfico. IIRIRA también creó el programa infame “287(g),” el cual permitió la colaboración entre departamentos de policía y agentes federales de inmigración con la meta de deportar criminales. Más que ser una herramienta para deportar criminales, el programa 287(g) fue una trágica herramienta para construir un sistema de deportación en masa, y otro ejemplo de la discriminación contra la comunidad extranjera.
Cuando la candidata Clinton era senadora de Nueva York, desde el 2001 hasta el 2009, apoyó propuestas de leyes inmigratorias que abrirían el camino para la legalización de los millones de inmigrantes indocumentados en los Estados Unidos. También votó a favor de fortalecer y ampliar el muro entre la frontera de México con los Estados Unidos, sin contemplar la política de los Estados Unidos que causa la migración en Las Américas. Esta posición miope sobre la migración no ha cambiado mucho con la carrera política de Hillary Clinton.
Durante su primera candidatura para la presidencia de los Estados Unidos en el 2008, Hillary Clinton repitió frecuentemente que los inmigrantes “criminales” deberían de ser deportados sin ningún proceso legal. En ese entonces, la candidata Clinton dijo que estaba opuesta a una ley estatal que permitiría las licencias de conducir para los inmigrantes indocumentados de Nueva York. Ahora que la candidata Clinton se ha lanzado para la presidencia por segunda vez, ella denuncia las políticas inmigratorias de su esposo. También dice que apoya la Acción Diferidita (DACA y DAPA) del Presidente Barack Obama y a una vía para aplicar para la ciudadanía, políticas que son apoyadas por la mayoría de la población en los Estados Unidos. Quizás el cambio que más demuestra una evolución sobre la política inmigratoria es su anuncio de su nueva posición apoyando leyes estatales que permiten licencias de conducir para los inmigrantes indocumentados.
Sea que este cambio es una mejora o una calculación política, todavía queda mucho por explicar y por comprobar. Hillary Clinton tiene la oportunidad de ser no solo la primera mujer presidenta de los Estados Unidos, sino también la primera Demócrata en cumplir con sus promesas a la comunidad inmigrante en general.

Argumento de Acción Ejecutiva Programado para Abril.

Indocumentados en ProtestaIndocumentados en ProtestaLa Acción Ejecutiva del Presidente Obama DACA -programa de extensión de Acción Diferida para dreamers y DAPA- programa de acción diferida para padres de ciudadanos o residentes permanentes en Estados Unidos,  anunciada el 20 de noviembre de 2014 protege alrededor de 5 millones de indocumentados, suspende la deportación y autoriza permisos de trabajo. En términos de acciones ejecutivas en la historia, en el área de inmigración, esta tal vez sería la mejor. Abogados y organizaciones en todo el pais continúan educando la comunidad y notificando sobre precauciones en respecto a posibles estafas.

Se planeaba que la extensión DACA entraría en efecto el 18 de febrero de 2015. Debido a la demanda interpuesta  el 3 de diciembre de 2014 por 26 estados entre ellos Texas, Alabama, Carolina del Norte, Carolina del Sur, Dakota del Sur, Dakota del norte, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, Virginia Occidental, Wisconsin,  Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio y Oklahoma, en contra de la  acción ejecutiva, un juez federal de Texas (Andrew S. Hanen) ordenó la suspensión temporal de esta acción ejecutiva en Febrero 16, del 2015. New Jersey ha entrado también, como un estado en contra de la acción del presidente.  Dando como resultado el aplazo de los beneficios para más de 5 millones de indocumentados en todo el país.

Actualmente la Corte de Apelaciones del Quinto Circuito en Nueva Orleans, Louisiana fijó fecha de audiencia para 17 de abril solicitado por el Departamento de Justicia (DOJ) para desbloquear la Acción Ejecutiva del Presidente Barack Obama. Los abogados de inmigración de Diaspora Law, tenemos la fe y espera que aunque un poco retrasada, DACA y DAPA serán eventualmente aprobadas.

¿Cómo obtener información sobre inmigración?

Para obtener información sobre servicios de inmigración el recurso más importante es el de la página web principal de inmigración, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service  www.uscis.gov. La Página del gobierno está en varios idiomas y pueden contestar sus preguntas gratuitamente en 1-800-375-5283. Inmigración no le dará información legal, pero puede ser un primer paso para contestar sus dudas.

Además de USCIS, solamente organizaciones autorizadas por el gobierno le pueden brindar ayuda, al igual que abogados licenciados y con buen record.  Tenga cuidado de preparadores, o personas que le cobren por completar formularios. “La ayuda equivocada le puede costar su libertad” – comenta el gobierno.

Si usted va a contratar a un abogado de inmigración asegúrese de que sea un abogado con licencia, llame a la barra de abogados del estado donde pertenece para obtener esa información o pregunte al hacer su cita donde está el Abogado Licenciado y si está en buen estado. Es importante que el abogado tenga experiencia en el ámbito de su caso, pregunte cuantos casos similares toma, y su tiene una práctica general o especializada.

El Internet es un vehículo importante de referencia. SI ya a identificado un abogado, búsquelo por www.google.com. Puede encontrar que ese abogado a recibido sanciones disciplinarias. Las páginas de  www.linkedin.com y www.avvo.com también le pueden brindar mayores informaciones sobre el abogado que ha escogido.

AILA, American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.com, es una asociación nacional de abogados que practican la ley de inmigración, puede realizar una búsqueda para ver si el abogado que está usted contratando forma parte de esta asociación. Muchos de estos abogados han obtenido seguro profesionales, y llevan por lómenos dos años trabajando en casos de inmigración.

Es importante saber que solo abogados de inmigración y organizaciones autorizadas están permitidos para asistir en la preparación de formularios. Cuidado con cualquier persona que cobra por asistencia sin ser abogado u organización autorizada.

También es recomendable estar atentos con los eventos de servicio gratuito en trámites de ciudadanía y Acción Diferida. Eventos gratuitos para asistir con el proceso de inmigración o que ayudan gratis a familias de bajos recursos con el proceso, pueden en algunas ocasiones ayudarle en su proceso gratis.  Es importante asegúrense que eventos sean dirigidas por organizaciones autorizadas por el gobierno, supervisadas por un abogado de inmigración, y que la organización tenga experiencia en los eventos de preparaciones.  Si usted es ayudado en estos eventos debe también guardar la información de contacto de las personas a cargo con quien usted podría hacer seguimientos.

Los procesos de inmigración envuelven más que llenar papeles, el contratar un buen abogado de inmigración aseguraría que usted tiene representación en el proceso, alguien que le contestara sus preguntas de seguimiento, y alguien responsable de que su caso llegue a su fin.  Si usted a sido víctima de Notarios, Preparadores o Abogados Inescrupulosos hay ayuda gratuita en su estado para ayudarle a hacer un aqueja y recuperar sus pérdidas. Las noticias de reforma de inmigracion, o las temporadas de aplicacion de acciones diferidas traen afeces mucha desinformacion y es importante encontrar la ayuda adecuada para su caso.

Buena suerte en su caso !

Video de AILA sobre Fraude Notarial: http://youtu.be/QQmzwOz9w1A

La nueva Acción Diferida para Menores y para Padres de Ciudadanos, en vez de una reforma de inmigración comprensiva.

Presiden Obama SignsEl Presidente ya había prometido desde la campaña del 2008 que era hora de una reforma inmigratoria comprensiva.  Ahora el Presidente ha usado los poderes que la constitución le otorgan a su oficina para proclamar una serie de acciones ejecutivas que re-empiezan la conversación de la reforma inmigratoria, y acciones que a la vez ayudan a 4 millones de personas a obtener documentación. Este no es el Dream Act, tampoco es una ley nueva.

La nueva acción ejecutiva incluye áreas de seguridad fronteriza, eficiencia en las peticiones de inmigración, deportaciones más fuertes,  y la expansión del programa de trabajo de los estudiantes extranjeros.

Las áreas más importantes del nuevo anuncio son la expansión del programa de Acción Diferida para Menores, y la nueva Acción Diferida para Padres. Desafortunadamente los padres de los Dreamers no serían incluidos en este programa.

Los requisitos de Acción Diferida del 2012 pedían que la persona llegara antes de los 16 a Estados Unidos, y fuse no mayor de 31 años en el 2012, también que acabaran de estudiar la Escuela o consiguieran un GED, además de tener un record libre de arrestos graves. Estas personas tenían que haber llegado antes de Junio del 2007 a Estados Unidos.

El programa de Acción Diferida para menores ahora se expande, para incluir a personas que llegaron antes del Enero 1ro del 2010 sin importar la edad que tengan ahora.

El Nuevo programa también crea la Acción Diferida para Padres de Ciudadanos, los cuales recibirían permisos de trabajo con tal de que paguen impuestos, y no hayan tenido mayores inconvenientes con la justicia. Estos padres también deben demostrar que llegaron antes de Enero 1ro del 2010, y prueba que sus hijos nacieron antes de Noviembre 20 del 2014.

La Casa Blanca reporto que la nueva versión de DACA estaría lista en 90 días, y la DAPA (Acción Diferida para Padres), estaría lista en 180 días del anuncio Presidencial.  Mientras tanto las familias pueden buscar evidencia y entrevistando abogados para decidir de qué manera proceder y si esta aplicación es la mejor opción para ellos.

Hay que tener en cuenta que la lucha alrededor del país continúa para proteger aún más personas que quedan desamparadas de esta propuesta. Igualmente, las iniciativas en varios estados de proveer licencias de conducir para indocumentados, y pensiones estatales para las Universidad  del Estado aún están pendientes y son mas importantes que nunca.