Know Your Travel Rights

Ansari & Shapiro, LLC is pleased to welcome guest author and immigration attorney, Alén Takhsh, of Takhsh Law, P.C. (www.takhshlaw.com). Alén established his firm on the principle of providing compassionate legal care for those facing both straightforward and complex immigration issues. His practice is devoted to understanding his clients' aspirations and he is fully committed to seeing that their dreams of legally living, working, and studying in the U.S. are realized.

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Know Your Travel Rights

Alén Takhsh, Takhsh Law, P.C.

On February 9, 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Federal Judge James Robart's hold on President Trump's Executive Order titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."

The government could at this time request that the U.S. Supreme Court intervene, but the Highest Court remains one justice short and ideologically split 4-4. A tie would mean that the appeals court's decision is final; for now.

If you are a national of IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA, SUDAN, SOMALIA, YEMEN or LIBYA and a Legal Permanent Resident of the U.S. (a "Green Card" holder), then you are NOT subject to the President's Executive Order, regardless of the final outcome of the court battle.

If you are a national of IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA, SUDAN, SOMALIA, YEMEN or LIBYA and a valid U.S. Visa holder, then you are currently (as of February 9, 2017) NOT subject to the President's Executive Order. This may change in the future.

However, if you are a national of IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA, SUDAN, SOMALIA, YEMEN or LIBYA and a valid U.S. Visa holder, you ARE discouraged from traveling abroad, if at all possible.

Finally, if you are a national of IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA, SUDAN, SOMALIA, YEMEN or LIBYA and attempting to travel to the U.S. on a valid visa, you should plan your trip at your earliest convenience.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS if confronted by ICE at home.

Do NOT open the door unless the officers have a valid warrant, signed by a judge.

Do NOT sign anything.

Ask to SEE any immigration judge.

Only GIVE your name and date of birth.

You HAVE the right to remain silent.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS if questioned by CBP at airport.

Do NOT sign anything, including Form I-407 (abandoning your permanent residence or "Green Card")

Ask to SEE any immigration judge, if applicable.

Where Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) may be.

Courthouses

Probation offices

Police departments

Highway patrol offices

Greater collaboration between government agencies expected in the future

 

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is shared for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney-client relationship between both/either Takhsh Law, P.C. and/or Ansari & Shapiro, LLC.