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Local attorney chimes in on ICE involvement with Trump's executive order

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YAKIMA, WA - Immigration Attorney Stephen Robbins of Robbins Law says that since President Donald Trump took office, he has seen more clients come through his office...clients who are worried because of an executive order making anyone undocumented a priority for deportation.

"What happens when you have everyone labeled as a priority or a criminal is that the enforcement becomes very random and very hard to predict," said Robbins, "and that's what I think causes a lot of the fear."

Robbins says that many who are worried have what's called a removal order.

"Some people, it's because they did something nefarious or something dangerous," Robbins said, "and some people may have been ordered removed a long, long time ago and not even necessarily because they were committing a crime."

But under the Trump Administration that doesn't matter, making someone working in the U.S. illegally just as dangerous as someone who may have committed a serious crime.

"So it is people who have never committed a crime or who have never been accused of committing a crime, people who might be suspected of having committed a crime, but were acquitted in criminal court," said Robbins.

Robbins adds that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, is aware of those with these orders.

"ICE knows that they are here and they have allowed them to stay, because it's just not in our community's interest to necessarily deport that person."

Robbins recommends that anyone with fears or worries about deportation to contact an attorney.

"It is important for people, rather than just spend their time in a paranoid state, to seek out council and find out 'what are my options', 'what do I do if something were to happen'," said Robbins.

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