What do I do if ICE Comes to my Door? As an Immigration lawyer in Houston, I know this question has been on the minds of many immigrants. Over the last few weeks, you may have seen news stories or social media posts about ICE officers coming to homes and even motels to try to arrest someone they believe is living there. Sometimes the person they want to arrest has never been in immigration court and has no criminal record.
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Government has delayed thousands of immigration court hearings for five years. While this move appears to be a concession to individuals in immigration proceedings, attorneys representing those whose hearings have been delayed fear it may affect their clients' cases if evidence is considered stale or circumstances related to the case change in the coming years.
Late Thursday, the Associated Press reported that President Obama has directed Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, to review the agency's deportation policy to operate "more humanely within the confines of the law." Critics, including a spokesman from the office of House Speaker John Boehner, have indicated that until immigration laws are reformed through the democratic process, the executive branch has a duty to enforce the laws as they are written. Supporters of immigration reform were encouraged by the President's showing of compassion toward the families of those facing deportation.