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What is the status of the immigration refugee program?

Several months ago, our Nashville immigration law firm was featured in the media. Specifically, we offered our opinion regarding the Trump administration’s recent executive orders on immigration, including the travel ban and suspension of the refugee program. Our advice was to not expect a speedy resolution.

When do local Tennessee officials contact immigration officials?

In our last post, we talked about “sanctuary cities,” places where local officials might decline to help federal immigration authorities. Today’s post takes a closer look at the requests that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities might make upon Tennessee officials.

Are "sanctuary cities" defying federal immigration policies?

As federal law, immigration policies typically supersede local or state practices. However, some of the more controversial immigration requirements have resulted in so-called “sanctuary cities:” municipalities that may not be enforcing one or more federal immigration mandates.

Tennessee immigrant's case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court

It may surprise readers to learn that a Tennessee immigration case, Lee v. U.S., has made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether an immigrant from South Korea is properly facing deportation charges after pleading guilty to an alleged drug crime. The man, who is a legal resident, claims that his lawyer incorrectly advised him that accepting the plea agreement would not put him at risk for deportation.

Foreigners and their rights

Many immigrants in Nashville are unsure of their civil rights. They may think they do not have any because they are not citizens of the United States, and they do not realize they do not have to suffer the many forms of mistreatment and harassment they often receive. Many of the rights and protections laid forth in the Constitution also extend to immigrants. Anyone who is a foreigner, regardless of his or her immigration status, should take some time to learn about her or his rights.

Could an executive order endanger your permanent residency?

More executive orders on immigration may be on the way. According to reports, a new travel ban would identify travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, but offer exemptions to those who already have United States visas. Specifically, the targeted countries would likely include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Refugees from these countries would likely also be denied acceptance.

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