Immigration Law Blog

 

ICE Raids

United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) is the federal agency responsible for overseeing border security and immigration. In the early weeks of the Trump Administration, there have been reports that ICE is increasing raids within American communities. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Trump Administration have continuously failed to provide the…

Why Immigrants are Turning Down Government Assistance

According to a report in The Washington Post, immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are increasingly turning down government assistance. The primary reason for this is out of fear that they, or their loved ones, will face deportation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Trump Administration. Fears of deportation have been on the rise…

Trump’s Merit-based Immigration System

Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (INA), American immigration policy has largely been based on a complex combination of family connections and work skills. For family-based immigrants, this means that they may be able to obtain a green card directly through a close relative or through the family…

Legal Rights of Undocumented Immigrants

Contrary to some popular misconceptions, undocumented immigrants are entitled to many constitutional protections. It is imperative that undocumented immigrants and their families fully understand these legal protections. While this has always been important, it has become especially so in this fraught political atmosphere in which many immigrant groups have been demonized by major political leaders.…

Catch & Release: What Does it Mean?

‘Catch and release’ is the colloquial (slang) name of a long-time U.S. immigration enforcement protocol. Essentially, the policy simply allows those who have been accused of immigration violations to be released in the interim period while they are waiting to go before an immigration judge. Politically, catch and release has become an extremely controversial issue.…

Police and Immigrants: What You Should Know

Being stopped or questioned by a law enforcement officer can be confusing and stressful for any person. Though, it is especially so for immigrants and their family members. As such, it is critically important that all immigrants know their legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to dealing with state and local police officers as…

Legal Immigrants and Undocumented Parents

Any person born in the United States is automatically granted American citizenship. Birthright citizenship, as it is known, is no doubt a good policy. This means that when undocumented immigrants have a child within the United States, that child becomes a citizen. Indeed, that family becomes one that has mixed immigration status. Unfortunately, the undocumented…

Survey Results: 62.7 Percent of Legal Immigrants in California Disagree with Stricter Immigration

The travel ban that was recently implemented by President Trump has created widespread panic across the United States. In California, which is the home to millions of undocumented immigrants and green card holders, fear and anger are nearly-tangible sentiments. As a lawyer and advocate for immigrants from all backgrounds, Joshua L. Goldstein understands what you’re…
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