As Lawyers who specialize in I-601 extreme Hardship Waivers, we often hear of concerns form family members traveling to Ciudad Juarez for Visa Interview. An I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, is filed to permit an alien who has been denied admission to the United States to gain admission as a lawful permanent resident or fiancé(e) under certain circumstances. This waiver is based on extreme hardship to United States citizen or lawful permanent resident relatives of the alien which would result if the alien’s inadmissibility cannot be waived.
Today we have an alarming message from the Consulate that we wanted to share with our readers. The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez is issuing this Emergency Message for U.S. citizens in the state of Chihuahua (“Emergency Messages” were formerly known as “Warden Messages”). The Consulate has distributed the following message to our staff:
Mexican authorities have captured key members of the cartels active in Juarez. These successes also bring with them the potential for an increase in violence. The cartels may seek to retaliate and increase their attacks against rival cartel members, Mexican law enforcement and/or the public in general.
Information has come to light that suggests a cartel may be targeting the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez or U.S. Ports of Entry. In the past, cartels have been willing to utilize car bombs in attacks. We ask American citizens to remain vigilant. If the Consulate should receive any credible threat information that provides a specific time and place, that information will be disseminated immediately. U.S. citizen victims of crime or their families are urged to contact the American Citizens Services unit of the Consulate for advice or assistance.