Civil Rights Law Archives

Refugee cap to drop to lowest level in recent years

The refugee cap set by the White House will be the lowest in recent years. The cap will be set at 45,000 refugees next year. The plan was announced by the White House when it issued a report to Congress late in September, which is required by law. This will be the lowest cap on refugees since a cap was initiated back in 1980.

Do you qualify for refugee status in the United States?

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) refers to those that have been forced to flee their original country as refugees. Much like any other category of immigrant wishing to settle in the U.S., the federal government limits the number of refugees it allows to enter the country on an annual basis.

Elliott Ozment gives additional testimony to Civil Rights Commission on civil asset forfeiture

Ozment Law founder and managing attorney Elliott Ozment recently testified in proceedings of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on the discriminatory enforcement and negative consequences of civil asset forfeiture, a program that allows police to steal a person's property without charging the person with a crime.

Entering the U.S. and your civil rights

Law enforcement officers cannot stop, detain, search or remove anyone based solely on your political beliefs, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race or religion. At the border and at all airports, though, law enforcement has the right to search any and all bags, and ask questions about your travel itinerary and citizenship.

Fear of Trump immigration policy deters domestic violence reports

For those whose presence in the United States is threatened by abuse or crime, the U visa has been a lifesaver -- literally. Under the U visa program, victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes who are helpful to law enforcement are eligible to stay in the U.S. independent of other family members, who may include the abuser. Unauthorized migrants have the same rights as other victims of crime to apply for U visas, and U visa holders are eligible for green cards and eventual U.S. citizenship.

Emergency alert: Keep proof of two years' presence in your pocket (mantenga prueba de dos años presencia)

(Español abajo) If you are living in the Nashville area and crossed the border illegally at least two years ago, and you are arrested under Trump's immigration crackdown, you have a right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge. That's not all bad, because there are several forms of relief you may obtain in immigration court that can let you remain in the U.S. At the very least, you generally will be able to stay in the United States until your court case is concluded, which now could take two years or longer.

New Trump priorities for immigration enforcement

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued a new executive order that immediately affects immigration law in Nashville and throughout the country, entitled "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States." Español abajo.

Civil rights law covers immigrants along with citizens

Being an immigrant in the United States can be a challenge. Despite their best efforts, even law enforcement officers here in Nashville may make assumptions about an individual because they might not be a citizen of the United States. Officers are cautioned against racial profiling, but that does not always stop all of them from conducting illegal stops, searches and seizures that can result in an arrest. Fortunately, civil rights law covers immigrants along with citizens.

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