Know Your Rights: Information for Asylum Seekers
Lawyers from the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and the American
Civil Liberties Union will speak about immigration issues and legal rights. Welcoming remarks by Mayor Strimling and Councilor Pious Ali.
April 25th 5-7 pm at HopeGateWay, 185 High Street
Asylum seekers and providers encouraged to attend.
Interpretation in French, Portuguese and ASL provided.
ILAP's Advisory on President Trump’s March 2017 Immigration Executive Orders
President Trump has issued new executive orders about travel and visas. This order was issued after his order in February was challenged in court. The new order is now being challenged in the Federal courts. This advisory will give you a brief summary what we know right now and can advise.
An Advisory For Those Who May Be Impacted by President Trump's Enforcement Actions
Many people are worried about Immigration’s new plans for more enforcement actions, including more arrests, detentions and deportations. There is much to worry about. These enforcement actions could affect millions of people in the U.S. and their families. ILAP will continue to monitor and explain new enforcement orders and actions and to advise and stand by those in Maine’s immigrant communities who are affected by them.
ILAP's Summary of President Trump's Immigration Actions
It has been a volatile and challenging month in the world of immigration law. ILAP has compiled summary of immigration actions the Trump Administration has taken in the past month, and a
few things that might happen in the near future.
ILAP's Advisory on President Trump's Immigration Executive Orders
President Trump has issued executive orders about immigration. These orders were issued quickly, causing confusion and anxiety. One order is now being challenged in the Federal courts. This advisory will give you a brief summary what we know right now and can advise.
If you have further questions about how either of the executive orders may affect you or your family, please call ILAP to schedule an intake appointment: 780-1593 extension #100.
FAQ For Community Groups
Please click here to view a FAQ for Community Grounds, authored by the Immigrant Justice Network. The document is intended to provide community groups with a preliminary summary and analysis regarding the recent changes in interior immigration enforcement.
Frequently Asked Questions about President Trump's Executive Order Targeting Refugees and Muslims
Please click here to view the National Immigration Law Center's FAQ on the 1/27/2017 Executive Order:
Statement of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project on the Impact of President Trump’s Executive Orders in Maine
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) denounces President Trump’s illegal executive orders, which ban Muslims and refugees from entering the United States; broaden the categories of people prioritized for deportation; erode due process and dismantle long-standing immigration policies.
We are outraged by the actions that followed: refugees and legal immigrants detained at airports; valid visas revoked by the State Department in violation of a federal court order; the firing of the Attorney General when she refused to enforce unconstitutional directives. This left families separated; well-vetted, traumatized refugees displaced; and immigrants across the country fearful they might be next. The new policies, released in a chaotic manner with unclear language and inconsistent implementation, have caused confusion for attorneys, advocates, immigrant communities, and government agencies.
At ILAP, we have seen how these illegal acts impact real peoples’ lives. We have 76 open cases for clients from the seven countries subject to the Muslim Ban. Several involve children stranded abroad and separated from their parents who live in Maine. We have been working with these clients for years, guiding them through the complex web of immigration laws, layers of vetting, and bureaucratic delays. They now face indefinite separation from their family members because of their religion.
Since the orders were issued, ILAP staff have been assisting and advising clients whose cases are impacted; answering questions from anxious members of the immigrant community; and responding to questions from service providers and other allies. We are following legal developments, planning client outreach events, and creating educational materials to keep the community informed.
These are examples of how we have seen the executive orders impacting immigrants in Maine:
• Refugees (and asylees from the 7 banned countries) with spouses and children who are stranded abroad must now wait 120 days, if not longer, before their reunification cases resume. Syrians face an indefinite ban.
• Muslim immigrants are canceling travel plans because of the ban and anticipation that new countries will be added to the list. Their family members abroad cannot join them, even if they already have valid visas and have endured the long vetting process.
• Immigrant communities are fearful they will be deported under broadened enforcement priorities, including those arrested but not convicted of crimes.
ILAP will stand with Maine’s immigrant communities and our attorneys will use the law to protect those impacted by unlawful policies. We are grateful to everyone who has come out to donate, volunteer, rally, advocate for, and support ILAP and our immigrant community. Together we will fight against these threats to our democracy!
If you have questions about how the executive orders may impact you or your family, please call ILAP to schedule an intake appointment: 780-1593 extension #100.