“People are bracing. Although President Obama deported over 2 million people, a lot of those people are border-crossers, illegal reentries. We are looking at efforts to identify deportable individuals away from the border in places like Virginia, Washington, Maryland. I tell [my clients] that we’ll fight with them. But there’s a number of people for whom there’s not much you can do."
"If you’re a US tech company, your recruitment just got a lot harder," added Ava Benach, founding partner of Benach Collopy, an immigration law firm in Washington. "Finding people who want to come to the US now may be more difficult. People who have brown skin might feel pretty uncomfortable coming to the US under these circumstances."
A huge proportion of international workers joining U.S. tech companies are from India. As immigration lawyer Ava Benach put it to Bloomberg, “people who have brown skin might feel pretty uncomfortable coming to the U.S. under these circumstances.”
“He was asking what’s going to happen to him,” Benach says of her client. “He’s about 29. He says he’s been working for a company for a few years and is working on getting his MBA, with his company’s help. [He asked], is he going to continue to have deferred action? I said I don’t know.”
Ava Benach, an attorney with Benach Collopy, added that Clinton’s previous stated view resulted in loss of life—and that, thus, she has a credibility problem. “She has supported and defended the administration’s aggressive approach since the numbers of children showing up increased,” Benach said. “And that’s an approach that’s led to detention and illness and deportation and death.”
“The judge recognized that Christina’s detention has gone on far too long and accepted Christina’s efforts to live a healthier life,” Ava Benach, Christina’s attorney, said in a press release. “The strong showing of Christina’s family, community and supporters gave the Judge comfort that Christina should be granted a chance to rebuild her life after such prolonged detention.”