Temecula, CA Immigration Attorney, John Mansfield, explains:
I’m frequently asked, “When Should I Do My immigration PaperworkÉshould I wait until I’m in deportation proceedings, or can I or should I do it now?” The clear answer here is to do it now! Do it as soon as possible.
If you are currently eligible for benefits, or you think that you might be eligible to apply for some sort of relief or green card paperwork, or any other legal type of status in the US – the time to check it out is now! Certainly, under the current Obama Administration, there are a lot of discussions about not just immigration reform, but enforcement as well. I think the administration knows that they need to appear solid on the enforcement aspects of immigration as well as the granting of new relief. Until any immigration reform happens, I think you have to assume that the ICE agents and the border patrol will continue to arrest and deport illegal aliens.
States like Arizona are also implementing new “immigration” laws, where state and local police officers are now getting involved in enforcing immigration laws. Regardless of whether that state’s new law is constitutional is up to the Supreme Court to decide. In the meantime, what’s important for you to know is that you could get swept up in the whole enforcement process and similar raids and arrests. You don’t want to find yourself behind the 8-ball, where you’ve been arrested and then have to apply for your paperwork.
Yes, it can be done and I and other experienced immigration attorneys can help you with that. But why put yourself through that?
Get the immigration process started now.
If you have any questions or any doubts whether or not you or a family friend or family member is eligible for any type of relief under the US immigration laws, that time to consult an experienced, specialist in immigration law is now! Those who have waited too long can attest to that!
Hopefully, this is been helpful, and remember: know your rights before you undertake something as important as immigration law.