Peru: U.S. INS – Immigration Officials Much Stricter on Undocumented Immigrants

(LIP-ir) — If Peruvian citizens living in the U.S. are afraid of being deported, they shouldn’t open their front door.

This was the warning and suggestion made by Peruvian Immigration lawyer, Vital del Carpio, to all undocumented Peruvians living in the U.S.

According to the immigration lawyer, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has changed its method of locating undocumented immigrants.

It was reported that INS officials are visiting homes in search of a specific person, if this person is not home, INS officials then proceed to ask everyone present for legal documentation.

All those that do not have valid and legal documents are detained. "Before they didn’t do that, they only went for the person they were looking for…" recalled del Carpio.

The immigration lawyer, a native of Peru, explained that undocumented immigrants in the U.S. did not have the right to a free lawyer and therefore had to provide there own.

Del Carpio suggested that if an undocumented Peruvian is caught in the U.S., he/she should not sign anything. They should ask to speak to a judge and if they have any immediate family that is a U.S. citizen – father, mother, spouse or children – they can request temporary protection, which would allow them to fight their case for up to 10 years.

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