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Headlines from the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Business Insider, the Washington Post, MSNBC, Time Magazine, the Atlantic, The Hill and many other powerful voices, have many non-US citizens scared senseless.  And, these non-US citizens have reason to be afraid.

A
New York Times article, dated February 21, 2017, stated that

President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.

Further, documents released by the Department of Homeland Security reveals the President’s plans which include, publicizing crimes by undocumented immigrants, stripping these immigrants of privacy protections, enlisting local police officers as enforcers, erecting new detention facilities and speeding up deportations.  This is scary stuff!

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Are you in the United States illegally? Please talk to an immigration attorney immediately and explore your options. Are you legally in the United States but not a citizen? If so, be safe and smart. Do not commit any crimes and if have been arrested for a crime, please contact an immigration attorney.


The fear is real, immigration law has been turned on its head by President Trump's administration. It's not a time to turn a blind eye, understanding more is a necessity and understanding your options and rights imperative.


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It is acknowledged that law enforcement is, by and large, in favor of this crackdown. The same could be said for many millions of American citizens. However, for those who may be affected (and their families), affirmative action is necessary if accused of or arrested for a crime.

If a non-citizen is arrested for a crime – whether this citizen is in the US lawfully or not – consulting with an immigration attorney is an absolute necessity.  In late 2016 I published a book entitled “Criminal Convictions & Immigration.  A Lawyer’s Handbook.”  This book was a cumulation of many years of research and experience in the criminal court environment.  And despite its recent publication, some of the book is now out of date. The new administration and its policies have rendered the previous practiced policies and law, redundant.

The message here is very clear. If you are not an American Citizen, befriend a good immigration attorney. If you are eligible to become an American citizen, start and finish the process as soon as you can.  If you are not an American citizen, you are on notice that any criminal charge may find you deported.  And, if you are facing a criminal charge and are not a US citizen, seek immediate legal counsel.


​Our focus here at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly is on DUI and Criminal Defense.  We research immigration laws and try to be as knowledgeable as possible however, we are no experts in immigration law. Therefore we strongly urge those who need information to contact a specialist in the area of immigration law.

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