The Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) through Jan. 22, 2018, So-called Six (6) months extension. This is a transitional extension which means that people who are under this temporary protection must decide and try to find avenues in the law that they can benefit from and apply for such status before the expiration of this extension otherwise you likely be apprehended and deported to Haiti.
In a dramatic move by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Immigration and Customer Enforcement (ICE) to apprehend undocumented immigrants living in the United States, ICE agents pose outside of state court rooms to snatch defendants who are leaving the court rooms after their hearing on state matters. This move by ICE agents has been reported in three state courts around the country, California, Texas and Oregon.
The California Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tani Cantil Sakauye was alarmed by this move and sent out a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and ICE to request a complete stop in this stalking operation to enforce immigration law against undocumented immigrants.
When Congress wrote the Immigration and Nationality Act it did not intend to make it so complex. Members of Congress had no glue what immigrant lives would be under the Act should strict enforcement be had under the Act. The members were documented either have their citizenship through birth from their parents who immigrated here years ago without any documents to get into the United States or they obtained their own naturalization certificate.
Having said all of that, now it is incumbent upon you to take steps to keep these ICE agents off your tail. I understand there is a majority of you who are under temporary protected status by the Department of Homeland Security/USCIS.
One thing that ICE may and can do is before the expiration of your temporary stay or protected status that they can take you in custody and place you in supervision and request that you appear for deportation. I encourage you to be mindful in contact with law enforcement officers.
Please do not wait last minute to take steps to change your status. You need to seek advice of an attorney who specializes in Immigration Law to advise you of your immigration rights and what you need to do to be in order to avoid being apprehended and be deported.
If you are in the United States from wherever either temporarily or without documentation, please contact my office for consultation.
According to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, roughly 67% of all applications and petitions filed without legal counsel are DENIED. One may ask why does this happen? It happens because immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law in the United States. The Department of Justice executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Courts) has suggested it is due to the complexity of the Immigration law. The Courts said the following:
"The statutory scheme defining and delimiting the rights of aliens is exceedingly complex. Courts and commentators have stated that the Immigration and Nationality Act resembles 'King Mino's labyrinth in ancient Crete,' and is 'second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.'" Chan v. Reno, 1997 U.S. Dist. Lexis 3016, *5 (S.D.N.Y. 1997).