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Trying to comply with US immigration law leads to man's arrest

Numerous people face a great deal of turmoil and uncertainty when it comes to their immigration status. Unfortunately, U.S. immigration law is complicated, and even when parties think they are complying with the law, they could end up facing negative repercussions. In some scenarios, they could even be arrested or deported.

California residents may be interested in one out-of-state man's case. Reports indicated that the man, who is a native of Mexico, had remained in a church for over a year while taking sanctuary there. However, he recently left the church in order to attend an appointment he had with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration office in relation to a petition for deferred action he had submitted. Upon his arrival at the USCIS office, he was taken into custody by agents who were not in uniform.

The man was put into a vehicle by the officers, and several individuals who had come to support the man blocked the vehicle so it could not leave. Their actions resulted in multiple arrests for alleged obstruction. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman stated that the man was arrested upon his arrival at the office as part of a targeted enforcement action.

Situations like this one can make it immensely difficult and fear-inducing for immigrants to take the necessary steps to obtain legal status. Individuals may worry that they will be arrested if they set up appointments with officials or take other actions in hopes of addressing their immigration circumstances. These fears and concerns are not unwarranted, and individuals in California may want to consult with U.S. immigration law attorneys to determine their best courses of action.

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