What a Trump Administration May Mean for Immigrants

by George Barron

The election of Donald Trump as President is a frightening event for many immigrants and their families.  I do not believe that there will be mass deportations or a border wall.  However, it is possible that the deferred action program put in place by President Obama will be eliminated.

Eliminating deferred action will create problems however.  Deferred action is a benefit that was always available to immigrants in immigration court. What changed under President Obama was that immigrants could apply for deferred action outside of immigration court. If there is an effort to eliminate deferred action for dreamers, those dreamers would presumably be eligible for deferred action granted by an immigration judge.  Of course, attempting to remove that many people would cause an even greater burden on the already overburdened immigration court system.

One thing that has not changed is the fact that the Constitution protects everyone in the United States, regardless of their immigration status.  If the Trump administration oversteps the Constitutional boundaries, I and other attorneys will be ready to fight back.

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