Trump Good for Miami Immigration Attorneys

August 1, 2016 10:54 am
by David Jakeman

Those with sympathy for the U.S. immigrant community are not likely to be huge Trump supporters, but for Miami immigration attorneys, it appears that Trump actually might be good for business. According to some measures, naturalization applications have risen by 14 percent in the last six months of 2015 in comparison with the previous year. Some think it has to do with the rise of Trump, and that means more work and clients for immigration lawyers.

South Florida Immigrant Stories

A few Saturdays ago, a large line of immigrants had formed looking to take their first step to become American citizens. One of them was a fifty-year-old man by the name of Edgar Ospina, who said that the rise of Trump has made him finally work on getting his papers finished. He’s been eligible for more than two decades, but this has been the first push for him.

Trump’s rhetoric, including the promise to deport the 10 million plus undocumented immigrants living in the United States and build a bigger border wall, has made many undocumented immigrants feel uneasy. Now that Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, there is fear of a Trump presidency becoming a reality. Especially with Hillary Clinton leading the Democratic Party despite being dogged by scandal and possible violations of federal law, the Trump presidency seems much more likely than it did last fall.

Other Immigration Actions

Another reason that more undocumented immigrants are seeking citizenship might have to do with the fact that they are being encouraged to become citizens so they can vote against Trump. One representative in Illinois has been pushing for such actions, saying that Trump is trying to Make America Hate Again, a riff on Trump’s slogan of making America “great” again.

All this means more work for Miami immigration attorneys helping with this flood of immigration applicants. Other Florida citizens with a recent immigration background do not trust Trump. One woman is trying for a second time to become a citizen. Her first attempt failed because of a failure to pass the English exam. Others who are legal permanent residents are trying to take the last steps in becoming citizens.1

It will be fascinating to see what the numbers are for applications for the first six months of 2016 when they are released. One can only imagine that they’ve increased even more. Ultimately, Trump may scare the immigrant community, but it will likely mean there is a greater need for immigration lawyers who can help them navigate the process.

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