Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.   |   Immigration Updates Under President Trump

This time of uncertainty makes the need for ABLE's services more necessary than ever. The right to legal representation is a key part of a larger movement to obtain justice and fairness for immigrants and refugees. The right to counsel in criminal cases does not exist in immigration proceedings. Only 37 percent of immigrants in deportation proceedings have legal representation, according to a September 2016 American Immigration Council Report. All foreign-born residents need a resource available to assist with possible immigration options.

As immigrants and refugees in northwest and west central Ohio face uncertainty about the future, ABLE is prepared to lead a multifaceted advocacy strategy, working with all relevant stakeholders, members of the city, county, and state administrations, faith communities, members of the business community, and union leaders. We need your help to make it happen.

OUR STORIES
Juanita

In Juanita's words, "ABLE has provided me with legal help that has changed my life."

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Charles

...he became eligible for benefits including food stamps and Medicaid. ABLE is further assisting Charles to locate permanent housing and obtain his benefits.

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Jessica

Now 19, Jessica works part-time and is planning to attend college and become a U.S. Citizen.

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Gloria

In what she calls the best Christmas present ever, Gloria was reunited with her children after 10 years in December 2016.

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Rosa

Not knowing what to do, Rosa reached out to ABLE for assistance. Her ABLE attorney determined that Rosa was eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

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Rob

Rob is no longer terrified at the possibility of being removed to a country that he knows very little about.

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Pascal

...Pascal's application for the exemption was approved. He became a U.S. citizen and his benefits were reinstated.

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Vivienne

...yet she has built a wonderful life for herself, achieving self-sufficiency through her job and continuing on the path to citizenship.

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