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What is a Sanctuary City?

  • a couple of months ago
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A sanctuary city or state is a jurisdiction wherein by law, state funds are reserved for state affairs and not used to enforce federal immigration laws. The power to regulate immigration is reserved to the federal government, as such sanctuary laws specify how state institutions, like the police force and the courts will act when dealing with a non-citizen and the extent of federal collaboration in immigration matters. When referring to a sanctuary city or sanctuary state many individuals automatically assume it means that within those jurisdictions it creates safe cities for illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds. However, this is far from what a sanctuary city or state means. Immigration sanctuary cities or states refer to jurisdictions wherein by law, state funds are not used to enforce federal immigration laws.

How do Sanctuary Cities Work?

Every immigration sanctuary city or sanctuary state works within their own set of laws, as established by their jurisdictions. However, generally sanctuary cities in the U.S. allow for general detention of a non-citizen to the full extent of the state laws, but will refrain from dealing with immigration related matters. For example, a non-citizen is passing through a DUI-checkpoint where police are stopping drivers to check for signs of intoxication. A non-citizen, if stopped, in this scenario will be asked the same questions as any other driver and no inquiry will be made into their legal status. The police and courts in general would treat all individuals in their cities and states equally before the law without regard to immigration status. In effect, the sanctuary city in the U.S. would create a safe-space for immigrants to live, as opposed to a place where individuals will be targeted for being immigrants.

Benefits of Sanctuary Cities

Immigration sanctuary cities and states bring about many benefits, not only for non-citizens but for the jurisdictions and their residents. Sanctuary laws prevent undocumented individuals and their mixed status families from going underground, shielding cooperation with law enforcement and our state’s institutions as a whole. To foster a safe environment of collaboration and cooperation within the state’s institutions creates a safer and more functioning society.

Benefits for the Police

Immigration sanctuary cities benefit the police force as they can focus their work only on enforcing state laws and not the federal immigration laws. This creates an atmosphere of trust and cooperation within society and fosters an environment of participation as it creates a safe-space for non-citizens.

Benefits for the City

The city benefits from sanctuary laws in many ways. There are studies that show that immigration sanctuary cities have less crime. Additionally, because sanctuary cities in the U.S. foster an environment of less targeting of non-citizens, it eliminates that element of hiding and living under the shadows, creating a larger work force and in effect a stronger economy.

Benefits for Immigrants

The benefits for non-citizens are immense when they live in a sanctuary city or state. Because the state focuses on state-affairs, it removes that element of immigration enforcement and creates a safer society for immigrants. The fear of being profiled and targeted is less as non-citizens participate in state affairs freely.

Sanctuary Cities and the Trump Administration

The Trump administration is vehemently opposed to Sanctuary cities and state’s like California. In the past, the Trump administration has threatened sanctuary cities in the U.S and states with stripping federal funding. Although the courts have disagreed with placing a contingency on providing federal funds to immigration sanctuary cities, they have not stopped there. The Trump administration is currently suing the state of California for establishing a sanctuary state attempting the abridge the powers of the state and their rights. Their goal is to deport all immigrants without regards to enforcement priorities, and Sanctuary cities in the U.S. are a barrier to that plan.

Victims of Violent Crimes Might Be Eligible for Permanent Residencies

  • last year
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The purpose of a U-Visa is to help undocumented immigrants, spouses or their children who have been victims of violent crimes inside the United States and cooperate with the investigation, obtain their residency. Once the U-Visa is granted, you can then apply for a green card and become a permanent resident.

This visa was created to protect the victims of different crimes including abduction, extortion, false imprisonment and domestic violence. In some cases the victim’s previous deportation or minor crimes can be pardoned with the visa.

There are different steps for obtaining your residency through a U-Visa, these are the main ones:

  1. You must request the police report if you don’t have it already.
  2. The U-Visa certification and police report must be sent to the same police station where you obtained the report. The certification must be signed and returned to you.
  3. Submit the signed U-Visa certification to USCIS to apply for your permanent residency.

U-Visa cases are very unique and vary from one person to another. Our attorneys are trained to carefully listen, gather the necessary information and plan a solution catered to your unique case. Schedule a free consultation with our office and our team will help you determine if your case qualifies for a U-Visa or a different type of visa.

After Seven Lawyers Told Her She Couldn’t, Maria Galan Cruz Got Her Residency

  • last year
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Nothing makes us happier than the satisfaction of our clients after obtaining their residency. After struggling to find the right attorney, Maria Galan Cruz booked a free consultation with our office and got her green card.

Maria has a veteran son who served in the military. This makes her eligible for residency through the Parole in Place program, which allows for immediate family of any active personnel or veterans in the Navy, Army, Marines or Air Force of the United States to obtain their residency.

None of the seven attorneys she previously visited knew about the Parole in Place program, leaving Maria discouraged when she scheduled a free consultation with us. At that time, she just wanted to obtain a work permit. However, our team knew immediately that she qualified for more and we quickly began working on her case.

Less than six months later, Maria got her green card and is now able to legally reside in the United States. Don’t be discouraged by what other attorneys say and book a free consultation to have our team determine your true eligibility.

 

Green Cards for Family of U.S. Military

  • last year
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Parole in Place is a program designed to allow non-citizen immediate family members of the United States military to apply for a green card without having to leave the country. This program applies to immediate family of any active personnel or veterans in the Navy, Army, Marines or Air Force of the United States.

A major benefit of the Parole in Place program is that you don’t have to leave the country to apply, even if you entered unlawfully. This helps the family avoid high financial costs and separation from applying for a green card outside of the United States. The program also allows for anybody who has been detained at the border or deported to qualify for a green card.

The program requires a Family Petition, Parole in Place Application and Status Adjustment to be submitted to the government. The application process can be long, but you can obtain a work permit and legally work in the United States during this time.

Our lawyers can help you obtain a green card through this program, just like we did with Maria Galan Cruz, who came to us after seven lawyers told her no. Schedule your free consultation and find out if you qualify for the Parole in Place program.