“Immigration law experts and borough advocacy rights groups said that while Queens immigrants are understandably alarmed about Trump’s executive orders, there are steps they can take to protect themselves.
Antonio Meloni, the executive director of Astoria’s Immigration Advocacy Services, said that the implementation of Trump’s executive orders— especially in terms of deporting immigrants living in the United States – would take a while to go into effect and likely face legal battles.
“We’re telling people to stay calm,” said Meloni, whose group assists immigrants in obtaining permanent residency and citizenship. “An executive order is not the law and one such as this will be challenged in court. The implementation of these orders will take a lot longer.”
Meloni said he’d advise borough immigrants without citizenship status, green cards or dual citizenship not to travel at this time.
“If you’re illegal and you travel, you’re self-deporting,” he said. “If you’re legally here but have had issues with the court, you should contact someone before traveling. But once you leave the country, you lose a lot of protections.”
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