With the abrupt and stunning Immigration Executive Order from President Trump just days ago, many of our immigration clients have called us with great concern. The executive order temporarily halted citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, with a 90 day travel ban, and suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. Additionally, the order indefinitely prohibits Syrian refugees from entering the United States. The intention of the order is to give the administration a chance to review and reassess the current visa and refugee programs, based on their notion that “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001.”
Understandably, the announcement of this new law has created much chaos and confusion among immigrants currently living in or coming to the United States. Many people are worried that their home county will also be banned or that the order may create additional immigration complications for them. During this time of overwhelming uncertainty and fears of what President Trump will do next in his Immigration Reform, we understand the frustration that many individuals are feeling at this time. In response to the massive amount of interest on the topic, the Poulton Law Group held a meeting for refugees and those in the Ogden community last night, aiming to settle some concerns about the new laws. In an open forum Q and A setting, many voiced their worries and wondered what could be done in their unique situation. Primarily, most people that attended the meeting wanted to know what specific things they should be worried about. What should they do if ICE shows up at their house? What are their rights? What types of situations should they be weary of and look out for?
In a presentation put forth at the meeting by the Comunidides Unidades, attendees previewed the following video demonstrating the rights that those living in the U.S. can expect to have.
Attorney Joseph Poulton spoke to the group, ensuring them that our firm is doing everything it can on a daily basis to be prepared and knowledgable about the new laws that seem to be changing everyday. “It is a strange feeling to check the news first thing each morning to see what specific laws have changed. But we are fully aware of all Federal Laws that have been put into place since the new administration has taken over, and we will make sure to keep our clients informed.”
At the meeting, Mr. Poulton gave the following advice:
- The new immigration laws target individuals with a criminal record. Don’t create a scenario where you will have unnecessary contact with law officials, such as driving with expired registration or without insurance.
- Never use fake documents.
- Always be cautious of traveling outside of the country, unless you are a citizen or have a green card.