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Man placed in immigration detention after appearing for meeting

Being an immigrant is not easy. Individuals often must leave their homes, loved ones and everything they have ever known behind. However, taking such steps is often necessary, especially when a person's homeland presents serious dangers. Still, coming to the United States does not immediately equal protection, and some individuals could end up in immigration detention.

New York readers may be interested in one immigrant's arrest that recently took place in another state. The native of Mexico had been living in a church for over a year after seeking sanctuary there. More recently, he had filed a petition for deferred action with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. An appointment was set for the man to appear at the office in order to undergo a background check related to his petition.

Upon his arrival at the USCIS office, the man was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. A spokesman for ICE stated that the arrest took place as part of a targeted enforcement action. After the man was placed in a vehicle, several people who had come for his support surrounded the vehicle and would not let it leave. A number of these individuals were taken into custody for alleged obstruction.

Many individuals fear immigration detention and want to stay in New York and other parts of the country legally. However, as this case shows, they may also fear leaving their places of sanctuary in order to move forward with the necessary legal steps because they may be taken into custody. If immigrants are facing this type of predicament, they may wish to enlist the help of immigration law attorneys.

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