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False allegations of domestic violence

Our law office knows that every domestic violence case is unique. The details may vary considerably from one case to the next and sometimes, people are falsely accused of domestic violence altogether. Furthermore, many cases involve certain details that have been exaggerated, which can have a significant impact on the outcome of the case. For someone who is facing domestic violence charges, a wide variety of consequences may lie ahead, from time behind bars to deportation and a shattered reputation. If you have been falsely accused of this offense, you should carefully go over your options because your future may be at stake.

A man or woman may be falsely accused of domestic violence for all sorts of reasons. These charges may surface following a fight between a couple, or they could be planned in advance for various reasons. For example, someone may attempt to gain the upper hand in the middle of a dispute involving child custody. With such a harsh stigma, simply being accused of domestic violence can shatter a person's life from a social standpoint and have a negative impact on their career. From losing a job to being unable to find new employment, these charges are very serious.

How to stay safe if you are questioned about immigration

Immigration is complicated. Police and law enforcement can be intimidating, even when you have done nothing wrong. You have rights that you might not know about in The United States. These rights are important, they might save you from paying fines, jail or even deportation.

It is very important to educate yourself of the rights you have while you are in America. If you are stopped by police, you may use them to protect yourself. If you are arrested, call a lawyer who can help your situation, and who also handles immigration matters.

Meth arrests are on the rise in arizona

Even in small amounts, a methamphetamine charge in Arizona could come with gargantuan effects. Those caught with meth in the state could face a class four felony; repercussions could become more serious if an individual is in possession of the drug with intentions to distribute it. Despite these stiff penalties, reports show that meth arrests in Arizona are at an all-time high. 

According to ABC News, meth seizures in the state have skyrocketed by 72 percent in the last few years, with 9,733 pounds of the drug seized in 2016 alone. At the time of the March 2017 article, Mexican cartels had increased the flow of meth coming across the border significantly. With the primary goal of mass manufacturing, cartels have recently hidden meth in areas such as tortilla shells and cars, sometimes even smuggling the drug in the form of liquid. ABC reported that Tucson and Phoenix were the two hot spots for distribution.

Deportation and current u.s. policies

Today's political climate reflects a tense attitude toward immigration and deportation as a whole. While this topic can set the stage for a profound debate, many Americans forget that there are human lives severely affected by strict U.S. policies. For Arizona families who have experienced such scares of deportation, there can seem few places to turn in times of need. Recent changes in regulations have caused countless families to fear that their overall quality of life may soon change for the worse.

CNN reported last month that the Supreme Court had made changes to the nation's federal laws regarding deportation. Now, Congress must address the loopholes that prevented the removal of aliens convicted of dangerous crimes. Previously, lawmakers had criticized the country's deportation laws, calling them unconstitutionally vague. Arguing that the previous measures of the law were "flawed," CNN appears to agree with the recent changes, claiming that the grounds for deportation have long been overly broad. Others in support of these modifications hope that the changes will further protect law-abiding immigrants who, in the past, were violated of their rights when deported on wrongful grounds.

Supreme Court saves DACA, at least for a while

At the Sanchez Law Group in Arizona, we sympathize and empathize with our undocumented immigrant friends such as you who face uncertain times. We understand that our government has placed you in a position of constant worry that ICE officials could arrest you anytime and anywhere, leaving you vulnerable to deportation. 

If you are a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program enrollee, however, you will be glad to know that the Supreme Court saved DACA from expiring. It did so despite Congress’ failure to reach resolution on the way in which DACA could be extended beyond its scheduled expiration date in March.

President Trump is merely repeating a pattern

Immigration and deportation continue to be at the forefront of American politics and President Trump’s latest action means that there are likely to be National Guard troops at the U.S./Mexico border by the time you read this post. The president on April 4 signed orders deploying Guardsmen to the border to help fight illegal immigration, the Chicago Tribune reports. He made the decision in response to having his plans to build a wall between the two countries stalled repeatedly by Congress.

Contributing to the president’s frustration is a recent surge in illegal border crossings, up 37 percent to about 50,000 people during March. The crossings hit a 45-year low when Trump initially took office, but have slowly been increasing since then. Part of the spring surge is a seasonal trend that occurs every year about this time. U.S. law bans use of the military for law enforcement purposes inside the nation’s borders, and troops are not meant to have physical contact with immigrants.

America's ongoing immigration battle

Immigration remains one of the most highly debated topics in the nation today. Countless families have uprooted their lives to seek better ones in America, yet some have continued to face problems in a country that promises freedom. As the latest presidency has led to changes to immigration policies, many Arizona residents have waited anxiously for new policies to take effect. While the controversy continues, the message is clear: there may be inevitable obstacles within today's immigration system. 

Just last month, The Arizona Republic covered protests taking place in the state that revolved around immigration policies. According to the Republic, the protest was in response to the arrest of Arizona mother Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos almost a year before. The woman had previously used a fake Social Security number to gain employment, and, due to Trump's recent tightening of immigration laws, she was deported through a check-in with a federal agency. Not only did this event ignite the community, but the entire nation, as well. The next point of focus involves America's "dreamers" -- the children who arrived to the country illegally but have grown up there -- and the potential changes from Congress.

America's immigrants and the threats they face

Today's current political climate certainly reflects a growing concern over the nation's immigrants and their futures. Contrary to what many might assume, deportation can occur even in the mildest cases, such as a traffic violation or unpaid ticket. While many Arizona residents carry out their normal, everyday lives, countless immigrants in the state face threats of deportation, separation from families and a reduced quality of life. 

The Atlantic spent time considering this major issue in America today, speculating on the sensitive grounds that can lead to an immigrant's deportation. An unsettling fact, there exist separate laws that define crimes carried out by immigrants. An "aggravated felony" -- a term introduced by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 -- applies to asylum-seekers and immigrants. While the term initially only applied to serious crimes such as murder, the Act has seen many modifications over the years that have broadened the umbrella of the definition. Over America's recent history, politicians have felt pressured to reform immigration policies; despite intentions, this reform has ultimately hurt thousands of nonviolent immigrants who simply sought better lives.

ICE arresting more people with prior criminal convictions

An ICE arrest can happen a variety of ways, resulting from a tip or a workplace raid. However, in most cases ICE takes a person into custody after local law enforcement has arrested them. A criminal conviction is always serious, but for non-citizens the consequence could be deportation.

 

America's complex immigration policies

Immigration is a term most Americans are familiar with. With the heated debate on the country's current policies, the topic is a crucial one for countless families. Many may wonder what charges, exactly, might call for deportation under federal law, while others already face threatening measures all because of one minor offense. It is important for immigrants in Arizona to be aware of current policies, as well as possible changes to the future of the country's immigration laws, to best preserve wellbeing and protection. 

Today's media coverage has spun many unfortunate images of immigrants in America. The Pew Charitable Trusts released an article that considered the wide spectrum of crimes that could lead to immigrant deportation, ranging from traffic violations to small-time theft. Immigrants could face threats of deportation even after they have served jail or prison time for crimes, and, according to The Pew, most of these immigrants have entered the country legally. Despite the fact that a large majority of immigrant crimes are minor, President Trump's decision to deport anyone with a criminal record has placed many in not only places of uncertainty, but of potential danger. For example, deporting a mother for a traffic violation back to El Salvador could end badly -- and could permanently separate a family. In addition, The Pew notes that first-generation immigrants have lower crime rates than U.S. citizens, but by the same token, criminal data does not clarify the exact crimes committed by immigrants. 

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