LAPD’s Ongoing Immigration Stance Underlines the Ongoing Needs of Today’s Immigrants, says attorney Henry A. Posada

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Commenting on a recent article, the Los Angeles-based immigration attorney notes that uncertainty is likely to remain a constant for immigrants in the wake of the new presidential administration, but legal remedies remain available.

LAPD officers will continue to focus on priorities other than immigration violations.

Those who are facing concerns about their legal status to remain in the United States still have a great many legal tools available to them as they continue their efforts to build a better life.

A November 14 article in the Los Angeles Times reports that Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced that he has no plans to change the department’s current policies on immigration enforcement. Los Angeles area immigration attorney Henry A. Posada notes that this is welcome news for many in the wake of widespread fear following the election last month. Mr. Posada adds that holding on to longstanding LAPD policies, which restrict police from establishing contact with an individual solely for the purpose of establishing their immigration status, means that local residents will be able to request help from the police, and cooperate in investigations, without fearing a challenge to their status as U.S. residents. He adds, however, that in light of likely future changes in immigration enforcement, Los Angeles area immigrants will nevertheless face an increasingly complex and challenging system in the near future. However, he adds that those who are facing concerns about their legal status to remain in the United States still have a great many legal tools available to them as they continue their efforts to build a better life.

Specifically, Mr. Posada counsels that individuals fully explore all of the legal remedies that may be available to them. He notes that by far the most challenging situations will be faced by individuals who may have criminal histories. The Los Angeles immigration attorney notes that, depending on the circumstances, there are important steps which may be taken during plea negotiations that may be able to improve the chances of a foreign national defendant in terms of being allowed to remain in the United States following the conclusion of legal proceedings. For those already convicted of criminal offenses, there are various post-conviction relief measures that may help alleviate or sometimes eliminate the disastrous consequences stemming from a criminal history. California, in particular, has a number of new laws taking effect in January 2017 which may prove helpful to the plight of immigrants with criminal histories.

Mr. Posada adds, however, that even individuals who have never been charged with a felony or misdemeanor may increasingly find themselves under threat of deportation as the result of technical violations, such as overstaying a visa or not having documentation. In the event of removal proceedings being initiated, there are numerous steps that can be undertaken legally that may often result in an individual being allowed to stay. These include requests to reopen cases, cancellation of removal, and asylum applications for individuals who may have left their home nation to avoid persecution or torture.

Most of all, Mr. Posada counsels anyone concerned about their immigration status to remain calm and remember that there are many legal remedies available. While the new administration is unprecedented in many respects, he adds that the one of the reasons so many people from around the world come to the United States is the nation’s long history of stability, the rule of law, and the strength of its constitution and civil society. He notes that, as long as the nation continues to respect these traditions, there will be hope for immigrants who wish to remain in the United States and continue building new lives with their families.

Readers who would like to learn more may call the Law Offices of Henry A. Posada at (562) 904-9080, or visit the law firm online at Law Offices of Henry A. Posada at (562) 904-9080, or visit the law firm online at http://www.hposadalaw.com.

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