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Immigration Attorneys Bring Hope to Migrants & Refugees

Immigration Attorneys Bring Hope to Migrants & Refugees

During his election campaign, Donald Trump made many regressive promises and claims regarding the rights of legal and undocumented immigrants in the United States. While his critics and supporters were equally vocal, no one actually knew what to expect from this unconventional and controversial presidential candidate. Unfortunately, the entire world was introduced to the Trump Administration’s revanchist agenda a mere 7 days after the president took office.

Immigration Lawyers Contend with a Controversial Political Movement

Two years ago, on January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that barred Muslin immigrants from entering the country. Hameed Darweesh, an Iraqi interpreter who worked on behalf of the United States government for 10 years, was one of the first people detained at the Kennedy Airport.

Maeve Higgins, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, released an article, “God Bless America, and Her Lawyers,” in praise of the attorneys who defended the rights of Hameed Darweesh and, since then, the many other immigrants who have been impacted by this travel ban. She writes, “Images of immigration lawyers huddled together over laptops on airport floors across the country made global news. Nineteen hours and a habeas corpus petition titled Daweesh v. Trump later, Mr. Darweesh was the first detainee to be released. Mr. Doss was able to comfort his weeping client at baggage claim.”

The president asserts that the travel ban is a protective measure for the United States. However, many migrants – including students, technology experts, and medical specialists – and asylum-seeking refugees have been met with a closed border. Lawyers are struggling because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has seemingly refocused its efforts on keeping immigrants out of the country. In fact, immigration requests that would have been approved in the past are now being denied, and often for baffling or contentious reasons. While the president has succeeded in limiting the number of legal immigrants entering the country, he’s also harmed the American economy by devastating its potential workforce.

Pursuing the American Dream

In the article, Higgins describes her own immigration story, and how her attorney, Amanda Gupta, was instrumental in helping her achieve her personal American dream. Higgins explains, “When you’re an immigrant to the United States, you come to rely on a selection of people you never expected to need as guides. The co-worker who explains that aluminum is both spelled and pronounced incorrectly here, the waitress who advises against ordering that second cold brew and, crucially, the immigration lawyer who can push open the door to a new life, a whole country…And since that chaotic weekend two years ago, I have wondered what life has been like for immigration lawyers – people whose livelihoods depend on getting others through a door that was only ever ajar and is now in danger of slamming shut.”

But Immigration lawyers haven’t given up; if anything, they’ve risen to the challenge and emerged as heroes in an increasingly complex political and social climate. For example, Lauren Blodgett, a staff lawyer at Safe Passage Project, has been representing children who were separated from their parents at the border. She has to look these young children in the eyes and tell them that she has no idea if they’ll be able to see their parents again. “They will remember their case for the rest of their lives,” she says, and that “it’s a privilege to get to do this kind of difficult work…This work is an opportunity to turn your rage and anger and disgust into action.”

Don’t Lose Hope! Call a Qualified & Experienced Immigration Attorney Today.

Contact the Daytona Beach immigration attorneys at David F. Vedder, P.A. if you have any questions or concerns about America’s fluctuating immigration policies. Our legal team has a comprehensive understanding of the procedures and regulations commonly associated with this legal process. In fact, our founding attorney, David F. Vedder, has over 40 years of legal experience and is a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. No matter the complexity of your case, you can rely on our legal team to thoroughly evaluate your legal options and help you pursue a positive case outcome.

We’ve handled tens of thousands of cases. Call David F. Vedder, P.A. at (386) 968-8880 to schedule a consultation. We provide client-focused services in both English and Spanish.