Open letter to my clients,
After the election results, I understand you are looking for reassurance about your case and your family’s future.
If your case has already been filed, it will continue to be processed normally. I cannot speculate what will change or how quickly we can expect change when the president elect takes office. At this moment, I can assure you that I am here for you and your family and I will provide you with information as it becomes available.
For now, I will continue to work on your immigration case and the day-to-day processing remains the same. Some programs, such as DACA, could be eliminated by the new President very quickly because they were formed by executive action. Other programs, such as the Provisional Waiver can only be changed by going through an official rule-making process, which takes time. U visas and family based petitions were created by Congress, therefore a change to these laws would also take time. The President cannot unilaterally change our laws. You have due process rights and it will take time for Congress to create new, more restrictive laws. The new President will name people to top positions in our government and those people can make policy changes that can affect you, but this too will take time. We must wait to see what changes are made and only then can I explain to you how those changes might affect you.
If your case hasn’t yet been filed, rest assured that I am already working as quickly as possible to get it filed before the end of the year. I cannot promise that your case will not somehow be affected by a change in policy or the law. It is simply unknown at this time. The best thing to do now however is to carry on and try to finish as quickly as possible. You can help me in that regard by providing me with the information I requested as quickly as possible. The sooner we finish your case, the better.
I know you have many questions about what might happen and I am unable to speculate, but my promise to you is that I will continue to do the best possible job on your case. Do not despair. We will keep moving forward. I will keep you posted on the progress of your case as I always have and I will keep you updated on changes that occur as they occur.
If after reading this you still have questions, please call and I will respond as soon as I can. I ask for your patience, although you may want just a few minutes of my time, it takes time to talk to everyone, so it might take longer than usual for me to respond.
Magnolia Zarraga, Your Immigration Attorney