American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reported that “ICE has once again commenced targeted enforcement actions by reinstituting ‘Operation Cross Check’.” Arrests, raids, inspections are being reported across the country.
President Trump’s Executive Order on interior enforcement could potentially affect a broad range of individuals.
Currently, AILA reports the ICE targeted operations are focused on three populations:
Fugitives – Anyone with an outstanding order of removal;
Individuals who reentered the U.S. after they were deported;
At large “criminal aliens” – Anyone with any criminal conviction, mainly violent crimes, sex offenders, prior felonies, etc.
If you or your loved ones are caught up in the ICE sweep, you need a competent and experienced immigration attorney to guide you through the complex immigration system. Call 913-717-7112 today for a free consultation.
In early September, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report (OIG-16-130), finding “USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity.” The problem resulted from the unavailability of the applicants’ digital fingerprint record in DHS and FBI’s repositories. It further found U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a large number of fingerprints of aliens with final orders or who are criminals that have not been digitized. OIG recommended all agencies involved to speed up the process of uploading fingerprints.
On September 28, 2016, John Culberson [R-TX7], the Representative from Texas, introduced a bill (H.R. 6198－114the Congress) to freeze naturalizations until DHS “completes the digitization of all remaining paper-based fingerprint records.” The bill currently has seven (7) Republican co-sponsors and is referred to the House Judicial Committee.
If passes, the Bill will halt naturalization until all fingerprints are uploaded. As of now, Govtrack gives the Bill 1% chance of being enacted.