*Practice limited to federal immigration law. Licensed in NY, MA, but not in CA.

Author Archives: Josh Goldstein

Ninth Circuit Ruling: Trump Administration has Broad Discretion to End Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

According to a report from the Orange County Register, a 2-1 ruling by a federal court panel has opened the door for the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for as many as 400,000 immigrants in the coming year. It is an unfortunate ruling that once again exposes the vulnerabilities that many immigrants... READ MORE

Immigration Law: Your Guide to Parole in Place (PIP)

Immigrants make important contributions to the United States military. According to data from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), nearly 2.5 million veterans are themselves immigrants or are the children of immigrants. Parole in Place (PIP) is an immigration option that allows undocumented family members of U.S. military members to get legal protection. Here, our Los... READ MORE

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, ICE Launches Major Immigration Raid in Los Angeles

On September 4th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested and detained more than 300 people in a month-long operation across Southern California. The raids occurred despite the fact that Los Angeles County was being hit hard by COVID-19 over the summer. Undocumented immigrants swept up in the... READ MORE

Trump Administration Pushing Expanded Biometric Requirements—Wants Immigrants to Provide Eye Scans and DNA

According to a report from Buzzfeed News, the Trump Administration is set to propose new rules aimed at forcing many immigrants to submit to eye scans, voice scans, and to provide DNA samples. Buzzfeed News obtained a drafted proposal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that seeks to radically expand biometric requirements. Federal law... READ MORE

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sued for Violating California Values Act

In 2017, California legislators passed the California Values Act into law. Also known colloquially as California’s ‘sanctuary state law’, the law provides important legal protections to immigrants by restricting the cooperation between state/local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. According to a report from The Orange County Register, a 31-year-old Salvadoran immigrant has filed... READ MORE

Los Angeles Councilman Files Motion to Ban City Hotels from Holding Immigrants

On August 16th, 2020, The New York Times broke the story that the Trump Administration (through a private security company) is holding undocumented immigrants in hotels around the country, including in one private hotel located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. In doing so, the administration is working to rapidly expel vulnerable immigrants from... READ MORE

How Long Does Administrative Processing Take?

Administrative processing is a period of additional review and screening during which officials will make sure that a visa application meets all of the proper criteria. You likely want to know: How much longer is administrative processing going to take? The unsatisfying answer is “it depends”—in some cases it takes 30 or 60 days, while... READ MORE

Congress Must Act: Two Thirds of USCIS Employees Set to Be Furloughed at the End of the Month

According to a report from CNN, several thousand employees at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are facing furlough at the end of August. Due to the coronavirus, USCIS is dealing with a severe budget crisis. The agency needs immediate, dedicated funding to keep operations at its current levels. As many as two thirds... READ MORE