Home Raids in the US: A Reminder Not to Remain Unlawful. Perhaps a Forecast for Australia?

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Emily

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) has reported that there has been an increase in the number of “targeted enforcement operations” in the US. These operations involve Federal Immigration agents using home raids to apprehend immigrants who entered the US illegally or who have overstayed their visas. There are two reasons why the federal immigration agents are now knocking on doors.

The first reason is that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (‘ICE’) has become more aggressive due to the impending policy changes which could result in ICE receiving orders to stand down.[1] President Obama stated that after the November midterm elections he will take executive action to ensure that deportation practices are more humane.

The second reason is that local and state governments in the US are not cooperating with ICE. A spokesperson for ICE has confirmed that these “targeted enforcement operations” have risen in number in areas where there is not full cooperation from local authorities.

ICE explains that although there has been an increase in “fugitive operations in the field” which is due to jurisdictions not honouring the ICE detainers, ICE is primarily focused on locating and removing convicted criminals who pose the greatest threat to public safety.[2] However, NDLON argues that not everyone who has a criminal record are dangerous to the community.

Although this is currently occurring in the US, it is possible that similar targeted enforcement operations could occur in Australia. These types of situations are a reminder of why it is very risky to remain unlawful. If you are in a genuine relationship with an Australian citizen and are unlawful, start making enquiries about lodging a Partner visa and obtaining appropriate advice about the Schedule 3 policy changes.

To read about our recent successful Schedule 3 cases visit our website: https://www.immigrationsolutionslawyers.com.au/case/Partner-Visa-Schedule-3-Policy-Changes-1406790208/