The Trump administration’s hardline immigration stance has resulted in many deportations from Arizona and the rest of the nation. While the government may try to claim that the immigration policies are focused on law and order, that claim is belied by the recent focus on deporting undocumented immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens.
According to news sources, officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement are working with the United States Customs and Immigration Service to entrap and arrest married undocumented people when they come in for interviews. Regulations from the Obama administration that allow undocumented people who are married to U.S. citizens to remain in the U.S. while they are waiting for their green cards still are the law. Despite these regulations, ICE agents have reportedly been attending USCIS interviews so that they can arrest and deport the immigrants when they come to their interviews.
In one recent case, a 30-year-old mother of two who is married to a U.S. citizen was arrested and deported when she came for her interview. Originally from Guatemala, the woman came to the U.S. when she was three with her father. She was ordered to leave the country in 2002 when her father’s claim for asylum was denied. ICE denied that it has been coordinating with the USCIS in this way while the USCIS did not comment.
Married undocumented immigrants who are waiting for their green cards are supposed to be allowed to remain in the U.S. with their spouses. People may want to get help from experienced immigration law attorneys before they apply for their green cards. An attorney may be able to try to advocate for people in an effort to avoid problems. The attorney may also defend clients against deportation and removal efforts.
Source: Splinter, “ICE accused of entrapping married immigrants seeking green cards,” Sophie Weiner, Aug. 15, 2018