UPDATE: The El Paso Catholic Diocese telling lawful permanent residents or green card holders, not to be afraid of crossing into Mexico.
“The best thing to do is to not sign any forms to ask to see an immigration judge to seek that right and have a judge decide whether the circumstances of the case justify an abandonment of residency,” says Melissa Lopez with the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services.
Officials say they don’t want the community to be in fear and recommend anyone with questions to give them a call at the El Paso Catholic Diocese.
President Trump’s executive order on a seven nation ban has created confusion amongst permanent lawful residents, according to the Border Immigration Council.
The order blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90-days and although it does not affect naturalized citizens, it does not exclude lawful permanent residents- people who have gone through the legal process to live and work in the U.S.
According to the Borderland Immigration Council, they’re now hearing reports of lawful permanent residents allegedly being forced to sign a I-407 form, which once signed is a record of abandonment of the U.S. for lawful permanent residents.
“There is a hysteria right now surrounding this of potentially not being able to return or being forced to abandon residency and so, we are calling on CBP to please be clear with us on what their policies are,” says Linda Rivas, executive director and managing attorney with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.
“Going forward we are expecting it to get much worse those executive orders give tremendous amount of more power to CBP and there is no mechanisms for any type of transparency,” says attorney Jessica Miles.
The Border Immigration Council advises lawful permanent residents crossing the border to not sign anything.
They say its better to call an attorney because signing a I-407 could jeopardize immigration status.