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Executive Order for U.S. Immigration

In June 2018, President Trump signed an executive order that put an end to his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the Unites States border. The executive order was singed after opponents of the Trump Administration and immigrant’s rights groups criticized the President about the treatment of separated families who were being kept in detention centers across the country.

Will the President’s Order Affect Me & My Family?

Although the executive order is to end family separations, the practice will be replaced with the detention of entire families. According to President Trump, the new order is part of his administration’s efforts to balance rigorous enforcement of U.S. immigration laws and to pursue its policy of maintaining family unity.

Under Trump’s executive order, the attorney general is directed to promptly file a request with U.S. District Judge to modify a court settlement that allowed detained migrant families to be held together "throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings ... or other immigration proceedings."

The executive order also directed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain custody of detained families during criminal proceedings and as their asylum claims are adjudicated. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was also directed to find or construct facilities to house the detained families.

Lastly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was ordered to prioritize the adjudication of cases that involve detained families.

Trump’s Executive Order Will Do the Following:

  • Orders states to keep families together
  • House families together in ad hoc detention centers, including on military bases
  • Calls for government agencies to make available “existing facilities,” or to construct them, for the Department of Homeland Security to use “for the housing and care of alien families.”
  • Entire families will remain in ICE’s custody
  • Eventually reunite detained migrant children with their parents or guardians

Speak to an Immigration Attorney

Do you have more questions about the President’s executive order? Have you been separated from your family at the U.S. Border? At Buckmaster & Ellzey, our skilled team of lawyers are dedicated to helping immigrant families in DeLand with their legal issues. We can review your case and determine a strong legal strategy that will protect and uphold your rights. Talk to us about your case today.

Call (888) 785-6548 to set up your free consultation with our DeLand immigration lawyers.

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