DHS Memos Bring Huge Changes to the U.S. Immigration System

Department of Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, releases two memorandums this week implementing President’s Trump’s executive orders on border security (memo-1) and interior enforcement (memo-2). Besides the border wall President Trump promised to build, we will likely to see massive enforcement effort in the upcoming months and scaled up detention and expedited removal.

Below are some of points I summarized:

  1. DHS seeks to deport anyone who “poses a risk to public safety or national security.” However, DHS did not define these two terms clearly. Theoretically speaking, DHS could label someone being “a risk to public safety” even if (s)he is not charged or convicted for a crime.
  2. DHS will focus on undocumented immigrants who have been (1) convicted or even charged with a criminal offense, including minor traffic infractions, (2) abused any program related to receipt of public benefits, i.e. received any government assistance, or (3) “have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter before a governmental agency”, including using fake Social Security numbers to work or lie on I-9 forms.
  3. DHS memos expanded the period of expedited removal from 2 weeks to 2 years after people enter the country, and eliminated the requirement that the immigrants be caught within 100 miles of the border. People in expedited removal will not go through the removal proceedings, which involve a hearing before an immigration judge. It is extremely important to keep records of two (2) year presence so you are not put in expedited removal.
  4. The use of parole authority to allow immigrants, who are not in possession of visas or not eligible for visas, to come to the U.S. will be extremely restricted.
  5. DHS seeks to return aliens, including unaccompanied children, who entered from a foreign land contiguous to the U.S. to where they arrived, meaning if they entered from Mexico, DHS will return them to Mexico, regardless of their nationality.
  6. DHS will hire an additional 10,000 ICE agents and officers to carry out enforcement priorities. We will likely to see more deportation and detention nationwide.
  7. DHS wants expand to continue and increase state and local law enforcement involvement in border areas, so they can aid in immigration enforcement.

The Law Office of Maya King will keep you informed about the newest changes in the complicated U.S. immigration system. If you or your family needs any advice or help, please call us at (913) 717-7112 for a free consultation.


Nonimmigration Visa Revocation Based on DUI/DWI Arrests

U.S. Department of State (DOS) is becoming more and more concerned about driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests. Nonimmigrant work visas, including H-1B, L-1, and O-1 visas, may be subject to revocation if DOS determines the visa holder puts public safety at risk.

DOS previously did not revoke visas “based on a suspected ineligibility, or based on derogatory information,” but it now has the authority to revoke visas for employees in the United States based on driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. 9 FAM 403.11-11(A). DOS revocation does not require a final disposition or finding of guilt of the DUI case.

美国国务院(DOS)越来越关注酒后驾驶(DUI)或影响驾驶(DWI)逮捕案件。 非移民工作签证,包括H-1B,L-1和O-1签证,如果美国国务院决定签证持有人有可能将公共安全置于风险中,这类签证可能会被撤销。

美国国务院以前从来没有“基于签证者的不够资格可能性,或基于负面信息”撤销签证,但美国国务院现在有权撤销在美国的雇员的签证。 9 FAM 403.11-11(A)。 美国国务院撤销不需要DUI案件最终结案。这需要逮捕就可能被撤销签证。

根据美国移民法,并非所有DUI/DWI犯罪都是等同的。 美国政府认为某些DUI罪行非常令人震惊,一项定罪将阻止个人获得移民福利或保持他或她的移民身份。 “简单”DUI通常不被认为是这种罪行,因此不应构成不可受理福利申请或取消签证的理由。 然而,更严重的DUI,例如知道个人的执照被暂停,DUI与严重的身体伤害,以及其他加重的涉及酒后驾驶的罪行的DUI都可能造成移民问题。

没有定罪的醉酒驾驶,可能导致政府撤销外国国民的非移民签证。 事实上,美国国务院(“DOS”)是监督国外所有美国领事馆的机构,最近加大了对这项政策的执行力度,因为它每当收到关于签证持有人的通知时定期撤销非移民签证 DUI,即使外国人仍在美国,即使尚未发生定罪。

非移民签证持有人在签证被撤销之后在美国境外旅行时,他或她必须去国外的美国领事馆申请新的签证邮票,以便返回美国。如果刑事案件尚未解决 ,个人可能无法续签他的签证,因为美国领事馆将需要处置文书工作。一旦刑事案件完成,个人将不得不接受体检才能获得新的签证。 这是因为DOS有一个政策,在申请签证之前的五年内有一个DUI的个人或者10年内的两个或多个DUI,必须要到政府认证的医生(“专家医生”)出体检。