President Trump continues to threaten to shut down the Mexican border to combat the tide of refugees fleeing untenable conditions in their home countries. The Trump administration has also begun the process to cut off foreign aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala as a punitive measure for the migrant caravans that have been arriving at the southern border to the U.S.
A Repeated Pattern of Threats and Hostility
The threats regarding the border and the shutting down of foreign aid to these three countries are nothing new. Trump has made similar statements in the past without any follow-through. In this case, however, the administration has already taken the preliminary steps to cut off aid to the three Central American countries. For those already here and seeking asylum for themselves and their families, working with a qualified New York immigration lawyer may be the best first step toward resolving issues and remaining in the U.S. legally.
State Department to Work With Congress
While the rhetoric of the Trump administration is harsh, it may not be a simple task to cut off aid to these three countries. The U.S. State Department has issued a statement indicating that it intends to work with Congress to implement President Trump’s directive. This will entail attracting the support of a Democrat-majority House of Representatives, which could be challenging in the extreme for proponents of the President’s agenda.
Increased Challenges for Immigrants
The aggressive actions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol agents have made it much more difficult for immigrants to obtain a fair hearing for their requests for asylum. Enlisting the professional help of a New York immigration lawyer can allow these individuals to pursue their goals in the most effective and practical way possible.
If you or your family needs the help and support of a qualified New York immigration lawyer, the team at Oltarsh & Associates, P.C. will provide you with the most practical solutions for your current and future needs. We will work with you to resolve visa issues and to ensure the best outcomes for you and your family members. Call us today at 212-944-9420 to schedule a free initial consultation. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.