Trans LifeLine’s Nina Chaubal detained by border patrol -

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Full Story: Trans LifeLine’s Nina Chaubal detained by border patrol

Nina Chaubal has been detained by border patrol at an internal checkpoint. This was announced by their spouse Greta Gustava on Facebook.

A former Google employee who moved from Mumbai, India on an H-1B visa, Nina has stayed in the United States for years since being removed from their sponsor company. Despite being being legally married to Greta, if proper immigration paperwork has not been complete, Nina could be deported and blacklisted from re-entering the country. Marriage is not automatic citizenship.

The day after Greta announced the detainment, supporters began using #FreeNina on Twitter and were encouraged to call the local border patrol offices and complain. After Trans LifeLine advocates began protesting, the border patrol allegedly disconnected their phone and have since stopped taking calls.

Trans LifeLine is a self-declared suicide prevention and resource hotline for transgender people ran by transgender people. The founders, Greta Gustava and Nina Chaubal, had been under intense scrutiny this year after review determined they may be missing upwards of 80 calls a day and never answering more than half of their daily volume.

Greta has remarked before that Nina’s lack of a green card caused them financial problems. On April 8th, 2016, Greta opened a GoFundMe page raising over $700 to help pay for the associated legal expenses in a permanent residence application. Although their goal of $500 was exceeded, Greta’s comments on Facebook indicate that they may not have set in motion what was required for Nina to legally stay in America during the application process.

After talks with a lawyer who specializes in immigration, Greta removed requests that people complain to the local border control. Experts believe this was solid advice: ICE and the Arizona border patrol do not need to give people special treatment. They do not deal with US citizens who are granted protections by the constitution. For instance, as Nina is only being detained, they are not given Miranda rights or allowed to consult a lawyer. Greta claims that the border patrol has accepted the lawyer’s written phone number and medicines to give to Nina, but direct contact between Nina and the outside world is completely severed.

ICE has 72 hours after detainment to bring Nina into custody or the law requires they be let go. Once ICE has them in custody, lengthy proceedings begin to determine what will happen. Illegally working for Uber (as they’ve said on Facebook), and receiving a salary from the Trans LifeLine charity, will work against Nina in court.
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edit: @Null
I also believe Greta could face criminal prosecution as well

(a) Criminal penalties
(1) (A) Any person who—
(ii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law;
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
(B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—
in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
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The worst part of this is that the papers to do to get your wife legal after you get married are easy. I've reviewed them a few times as a courtesy for friends who married foreigners and they always had them right or only required very minor changes that probably wouldn't have gotten them denied any way. They were probably in a bad spot because she was already illegal at the time, but the easy (though not rely legal) fix is to go get married in their home country and deny every overstaying your visa.

The other thing is that you have to make ~30k per year to get the spouse visa, Gretta may be too poor to do it right.

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