An immigrant from Ecuador is facing immediate deportation from the United States despite an appeal by his attorney to allow him to remain in this country for the upcoming holidays with his partner and children. Nelson Pinos has been living in First and Summerfield Methodist Church in New Haven, Connecticut, since November 30, 2017, when he sought refuge there after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials ordered him to leave the country and return to Ecuador. ICE has denied the appeal lodged by Pinos and his attorney to allow him one more holiday season with his partner and their three children and to mitigate the psychological harm already caused by his absence from their home.
Harsh Treatment for Undocumented Immigrants
Pinos has lived in Connecticut since 1992 and, apart from his undocumented status, has been a law-abiding citizen. Family members and supporters reported that Pinos has faithfully paid his taxes every year by using a Social Security number issued to him over 20 years ago. Despite his attempts to live and work within the letter of the law, Pinos was still targeted by ICE for deportation solely based on his undocumented status. ICE has been unwilling to enter the church where Pinos is currently residing because of fears about bad press and a general policy of not pursuing undocumented immigrants into schools, churches and hospitals.
Why Legal Help Is Essential
For immigrants concerned about their status with ICE, consulting with a West Palm Beach immigration lawyer is often the best first step toward resolving visa problems and ensuring the right to live and work in the United States legally. In most cases, your West Palm Beach immigration lawyer can provide you with the most effective representation and can protect you and your family against adverse actions by ICE and other federal immigration authorities. This can provide you with added peace of mind and improved options for dealing with your immigration issues quickly and in the most positive way possible.
At Pozo Goldstein, we can provide you with the services of a West Palm Beach immigration lawyer who will take on your case and resolve your issues quickly and effectively. We work with families throughout our area to obtain visas and streamline the citizenship application process, ensuring that you receive the best legal help for your case. Call us today at 561-578-4977 to schedule a free initial in-office consultation with us. At Pozo Goldstein, we are committed to helping you achieve your own version of the American dream.