MIAMI - President-elect Donald Trump's platform on immigration has instilled
plenty of fear among immigrants in the U.S., including South Florida.
Employees at immigration offices said they have been bombarded with legal
"(I've received) 50 phone calls a day from very, very frantic
people," immigration attorney Antonio Revilla said.
Revilla said the phone calls have ramped up since election night.
Potential and current clients are asking him what will happen once Trump
is in the White House.
He said it's complete panic from people who fear that Trump will follow
through on his immigration promises.
"He can undo executive action," Revilla said.
Trump can undo things like DACA, which protects immigrant children from
deportation who came to the U.S. at an early age.
Obama already has his priorities set when it comes to those whom the government
deports, and usually criminals go first.
"If it goes back to placing more people in these proceedings, then
the question is, are there enough immigration judges for that? And there
aren't," Revilla said.
Revilla said he is telling his clients that "nothing is changing right
now, but we should try and take advantage of the benefits that do exist
right now in case things are changed."
Revilla said the government will likely allow people to be grandfathered
in if they start the process to citizenship now, even if things change.
He reminds his clients that immigration has due process, so undocumented
immigrants can often linger for years while their cases are resolved.
"This is the time I've seen people most concerned," Revilla said.
Hatzel Vela - Reporter
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