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As Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Heats Up, Immigrants Head Underground

Undocumented Immigrants

As the rhetoric from the Trump administration against undocumented immigrants continues to grow, many individuals and families are preparing to disappear into the shadows to protect themselves against actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), often referred to as Dreamers, are among the most vulnerable to ICE tactics. These individuals have been left without real protection after President Trump ended DACA in September 2017 and the U.S. Congress failed to pass any legislation to extend or replace the program.

Immigrants Living in Fear

Many of those now considering going underground to protect themselves against actions by ICE were here legally under the provisions of DACA. With the discontinuation of this program and the lack of any guidance on how to proceed, these individuals and families have been left without a clear path to remain in the country legally. As a result, DACA recipients are facing the same challenges encountered by undocumented immigrants and could possibly be deported to a home country they have never visited and do not remember. For some, consulting with a Miami immigration lawyer could be a good first step toward dealing with these issues and protecting their right to remain in this country.

Going Underground

Immigrants are reacting to the current hostile environment in the U.S. by closing down their bank accounts and transferring registrations and ownership of properties and vehicles to trusted individuals with green cards or citizenship papers. This can allow them to avoid detection by ICE agents while they work with a Miami immigration lawyer to resolve their residency status in the U.S. These strategies are risky, however, and could lead to the loss of valuable assets to individuals who might not have been as trustworthy as originally thought.

Working with an experienced and knowledgeable Miami immigration lawyer can allow you to resolve your issues with ICE and other immigration officials quickly and effectively. The experts at Pozo Goldstein can provide you with aggressive representation to achieve the best outcomes possible. Our team includes two former immigration prosecutors and a former judge. We know the tactics and arguments from the other side of the aisle and can represent you effectively in and out of court. Call Pozo Goldstein today at 305-856-0400 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to the chance to work with you.