Jamaicans living in the US illegally urged to regularise their status
Jerome Reynolds, Acting Assistant News Editor – Radio
Jamaica-American immigration attorney, Dahlia Walker Huntington, says Jamaicans living illegally in the United States should seek to regularise their status in light of the 90-day immigration and refugee ban on persons from seven Muslim countries imposed by President Donald Trump.
According to Walker Huntington, in addition to the ban, the US president Donald Trump has also signed executive orders allowing for increased enforcement of the removal of persons, such as undocumented immigrants.
She says these new policy decisions will make it difficult for undocumented persons who get arrest to be released from custody.
Walker Huntington is also urging illegal immigrants to seek advice of competent immigration lawyers.
Walker Huntington is also urging Jamaicans to be on the lookout for unscrupulous persons who pose as immigration attorneys seeking to capitalise on the current state of affairs in the US.
Meanwhile, the immigration attorney says Jamaicans with citizenship from any of the banned Muslim countries should seek legal advice before travelling to the US.
Walker Huntington says holders of a US visa or a green card, especially those with an arrest record and who have lived outside the US for some time, should be prepared for extra scrutiny when they travel to America.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, has said that the Government is in close contact with missions in the US and is closely monitoring the developments in America.