As a Miami immigration lawyer and an Austin immigration lawyer, I read with interest that the House Republicans are preparing to take up a pair of bills next week that crack down on illegal immigration, according to leadership sources, in a bid to carry out President Donald Trump’s promise of tougher enforcement. Below are some frequently asked questions.
What are in the immigration bills?
One of the bills to see a floor vote, dubbed Kate’s Law, boosts penalties for immigrants who try to re-enter the United States after being deported. It is named after Kate Steinle, a young woman who was shot and killed in San Francisco by an immigrant who had been deported repeatedly yet returned. Trump frequently discussed the killing on the campaign trail last year. If you have any questions in regard to deportation or removal, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer or an Austin immigration lawyer.
What else is in the immigration bill?
The second is legislation that goes after so-called “sanctuary cities” — localities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, including by refusing to hold an immigrant in jail longer just so federal officials can pick him or her up to be deported. If you have any questions in regard to deportation or removal, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer or an Austin immigration lawyer.
How would the “No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act” toughen up penalties for sanctuary cities?
The “No Sanctuaries for Criminals Act” would toughen penalties for sanctuary cities in multiple ways. For example, it would require that cities and counties comply with orders from federal immigration officials, such as “detainers” that keep immigrants in jail so they can be picked up for deportation. It would also bar Homeland Security and Justice Department grants from sanctuary cities that don’t comply. The bill also expands mandatory detention policies to cover immigrants with drunken driving violations and those who have had their visa revoked.
If you have any questions in regard to deportation or removal, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration attorney or an Austin immigration attorney.If you would like more information on deportation defense, obtaining a green card, or obtaining U.S. citizenship, please contact Miami immigration lawyer and Austin immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at www.mmurraylaw.com.