Many Arizona residents could be affected by President Trump’s February 2017 order concerning immigration. Immigration and Customs Enforcement quickly arrested 680 alien residents residing in the nation without legal permanent resident status. Many arrested were student visa or family visa holders who had allowed their visas to expire. Senators Cortez Masto and Tammy Duckworth have come to the forefront of congressional and legislative opposition to Trump’s order. Purportedly acting to protect immigrant rights, these senators have proposed legislation to immediately repeal Trump’s order on illegal immigration.

The Department of Homeland Security is the managing agency for the push to identify visa application fraud and undocumented migrants. While the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has provided technical assistance, Customs and Border Protection is stepping up efforts to separate dual citizen cases, green card holders and undocumented migrants.

Many citizen activists have bemoaned the Trump administration’s announced ban on refugee applications from Syria. Visas and refugee applications alike have ground to a near-halt nationwide. Whether a person is seeking a work visa, tourist visa or any other type of visa, early 2017 is an extremely complex time. Several legal and social resistance efforts have gained steam as the Trump administration has made seeking asylum and naturalization a complex, fraught process.

Those looking to establish their legal status in the United States may want to hire an attorney. People who have difficulties understanding the complexities of U.S. immigration law could use informed help with visa application hearings. A lawyer may help a client attain a non-immigrant visa or any other type of visa. Attorneys could also fight or stop deportation proceedings.