Afia Yunus selected in “Whos’ Next: Law” by Billy Penn
Young people make up some of the best lawyers and legal minds in Philadelphia. So for the third year in a row, Billy Penn is highlighting the city’s next great stars in law, from prosecutors to litigators to defenders to social justice advocates.
Owner, Yunus Law P.C.
31 years old
Afia Yunus is the principal attorney and founder of Yunus Law, a firm with offices in Philadelphia and Chicago that focuses exclusively on US immigration and nationality law. She represents clients from all over the country and abroad in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration and removal defense before the US Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. She’s used her experience to consult with affected parties, particularly since the election of President Donald Trump (whose immigration-related executive orders placed responsibilities squarely on the shoulders of attorneys like Yunus), waiving her consultation fee for any “travel ban” inquiries. She’s conducted workshops, livestreamed seminars on Facebook and spoken at mosques and synagogues. Yunus is involved in supporting her local refugee community through a partnership with the Catholic Charities of Camden and with Islamic Circle of North America Relief. She’s also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and the Illinois State Bar Association. view more
Summary of Leaked Progress Report on Immigration Enforcement Order
Trump’s Executive Order on immigration enforcement, signed 1/25/17, called for a progress report within 90 days. That report was LEAKED. Here’s what you need to know:
- More money on the wall, more detention beds in ICE detention centers, and faster, lesse effective hiring policies for agents
- calls for approximately 50 MORE miles of border wall, pending funding
- Even though detention is at an all-time high-around 41,000 per day in January 2017-calls for an additional 1,100 detention beds and another 33,500 beds pending Congressional approval.
- The Administration will establish border courts that hear cases by video conference. The courts are certain to violate due process and return asylum seeker to life-threatening harms.
- Verified reports of abuse by border agents, but hiring standards will be loosened in order to fulfill increased hiring requirements. Polygraph tests can now be WAIVED.
- We can expect a dramatic increase in deportation forces. Eight new local law enforcement agencies have approved cooperation agreements (aka 287(g)s) with ICE and 18 new applications are being reviewed. An additional 50 have expressed interest.
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in to the United States.” The order sparked feelings of anger and fear in millions of people throughout the nation and abroad. These feelings quickly transformed into a strong desire to help. In response, we created the following list of specific actions you can take to support immigrants and challenge your local, state, and federal officials to do the same.