Criminal Employment Unit Disbanded
On December 15, 2014, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (“MCSO”) announced in a public memorandum that the Criminal Employment Unit will be disbanded once the current identity theft investigation ends in early 2015. The announcement was made amidst various legal challenges to the program, and only after various U.S. Federal Court decisions were handed down. However, the announcement was not enough for U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell, who on January 5, 2015, issued a preliminary injunction in the case of Puente Arizona v. Arpaio. In that case, the plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of amendments to Arizona’s identity theft laws, the laws being used by the MCSO as part of its Criminal Employment Unit, arguing that they are unconstitutional as being preempted by federal law. In his order, Judge Campbell found that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim, and granted their request for a preliminary injunction. As such, MCSO has now been enjoined from enforcing portions of A.R.S. 13-2009 and 13-2008 until further ordered by the Court, effectively closing the Criminal Employment Unit at this time, and preventing any part of the MCSO from enforcing these laws for the time being.
DACA and DAPA CONSUMER ALERT: Since the President announced measures of protection from deportation for certain individuals, frauds and scams have become rampant. Before you fall victim to one of these predatory operations there are 6 things you need to know:
- Not Everyone Qualifies: Under the proposed programs, only 2 groups of individuals may qualify for protection: 1) People who arrived as children and meet other requirements may qualify for DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; and 2) Parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who meet certain requirements may qualify for DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
- No One Can Apply Yet: Neither Expanded DACA or DAPA applications can be filed yet. It is anticipated that Expanded DACA applications may be filed around February of 2015, and DAPA applications may be filed around May of 2015.
- Not Everyone Will Qualify: Each program will have its own requirements for qualifications and not everyone will qualify. Simply being a parent of a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, or being a childhood arrival is not enough.
- Before You Apply, Get Legal Help: Before you apply for DACA or DAPA, schedule an appointment to speak with an immigration attorney at Udall Shumway to verify your eligibility.
- Submitting Wrong Information Will Result In Denial: We strongly recommend that you start collecting supporting documents now, but submitting the wrong documents can result in denial of your case.
- Don’t Get Scammed: There are many “notaries” and other unscrupulous people who are already taking advantage of people. They make promises that they cannot keep, and could make you a target for deportation. Got to stopnotariofraud.org for more information.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please feel free to contact Immigration Attorney, Matthew L. White at 480.461.5304, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area.