Presidential executive orders keeping immigration attorneys busy
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The uncertainty over President Trump's immigration plans and executive orders have many people concerned. In fact, immigration attorneys say their business has increased as a result.
"It's been incredibly busy," said Shane Ellison, an immigration lawyer.
"There's just a lot we don't understand," added Diana Morales-McFarland, who is worried about her friends and family.
Morales-McFarland wonders how the president's executive orders will play out.
"We've heard all sorts of things. We've heard people walking their children to school and dropping them off at school and ICE being there ready to pick them up."
Concerns have especially hit a peak in the past couple of weeks. Those began shortly after President Trump signed an executive order last month to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants and build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
"The question is when are these arrests going to happen? Is it going to be a work raid? I wonder if there are going to be checkpoints on the highways or the interstates or the roads," said Morales-McFarland.
Immigration attorneys told FOX 42 News Thursday a lot of immigrants are just flat out confused by the president's executive orders, and if those orders apply to them.
"There's been a lot more fear in the community and a lot more questions in the community," said Ellison.
Ellison works for the nonprofit group Justice For Our Neighbors. He says his workload has especially increased in the past two weeks.
"A lot of folks are just afraid and concerned and wanting to be prepared for an immigration enforcement action that may sweep up them and their family members."
It's the kind of action that has some people wondering just how far immigration enforcement will go.
"Tomorrow, I don't know what's going to happen," said Morales-McFarland.
The president's executive order also demands the hiring of an additional 5,000 border patrol agents. Local immigrants told FOX 42 News they're concerned those agents could round them up.