What is an asylum seeker?
During periods of crisis, such as the one currently facing Syrians, many are willing to sacrifice some of the essential liberties we value as a nation under the premise that we need protection from certain groups of people. Thankfully, under the law, all individuals, from citizens to refugees, have rights that must be recognized. At Liebenhaut Law, we have experience representing individuals seeking to immigrate or obtain asylum from many areas of the world, understands that each person’s situation is unique and deserves the guidance of a professional.
In recent months, many state governors have made ardent claims that their state will no longer be accepting Syrian refugees, arguably in order to leverage support from constituents. This political stance is not only immoral, it is illegal. Having worked closely with refugees, we understand the unimaginable dangers millions are fleeing from, making it impossible to remain in their home country. When presented with unprecedented statistics, such as the 50 million refugees found in the world today, it is easy to focus on the number and forget that each individual life matters and deserves protection under the law. Many who are raising alarm about the potential danger of accepting refugees are failing to recognize that the United States’ screening system is the strictest and most comprehensive in the world. Fortunately, the issue of accepting immigrants and refugees in the United States goes above state power and lies solely with the federal government. The Supreme Court made this clear in the case of Hines v. Davidowitz in stating, “the supremacy of the national power in the general field of foreign affairs, including power over immigration, naturalization and deportation, is made clear by the Constitution.” Furthermore, in order to improve the refugee protection system, United States lawmakers passed the Refugee Act of 1980, giving the president authority to accept foreign refugees into the United States.
At Liebenhaut Law, we have experience in all areas of immigration law, including but not limited to, asylum, deportations, naturalization, and permanent residency. We want to help you navigate the long and complex processes, ensuring that you have access to the rights and opportunities the United States of America has to offer.