Author Archives: Josh Goldstein

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Path to a Green Card for TPS Holders—But Justices Seem Skeptical

According to a report from The Washington Post, the Supreme Court of the United States recently heard oral arguments in the case of Sanchez v. Mayorkas. The issue at stake before the court is whether non-citizens living in the country under ‘Temporary Protected Status’ (TPS) have the right to apply for a green card. Unfortunately, …

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Five Common Myths About Immigration and Immigration Law

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about immigration and immigration. Unfortunately, some of these myths are used to demonize immigrants. At Goldstein Immigration Lawyers, we believe strongly in equal rights, equitable opportunities, and justice for all. Here, our Los Angeles immigration law firm dispels five of the most damaging myths about …

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DACA Recipients Suing Federal Government for Approval of Travel Permits

On May 11th, 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an important story on the challenges that DACA recipients face when trying to travel outside of the United States for educational, business, or humanitarian purposes. A group of several dozen DACA recipients is now filing a lawsuit against the federal government to get action on their …

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California’s Population Dropped for the First Time in State History—But Immigration Saved Two Congressional Seats

California has long been one of the fastest-growing large states in the entire country. However, the preliminary data suggests that California saw its first population decline in state history in 2020. It was a difficult year for many—and the early report suggests that California lost 186,000 people last year. No other population drop has been …

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Supreme Court Rules Against Federal Government on Deportation Notice Requirement

Recently, immigrant rights scored a technical (but still meaningful) victory before the nation’s highest court. On April 29th, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the federal government in the case of Niz-Chavez v. Garland. Writing for a six to three majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch emphasized that the government must serve a …

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San Diego County Approves Plan to Provide Immigrants With Access to Legal Representation

According to U.S. News & World Report, San Diego County has approved a plan that will provide access to legal representation to immigrants who are facing deportation from the United States. In this blog post, our Los Angeles immigration lawyers discuss the new plan from San Diego County and explain why lack of legal representation …

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California Lawmakers Among Those Calling for End of ICE 287(g) Program Funding

According to a report from Roll Call, several California lawmakers are among the group calling for an end of funding for the so-called ICE 287(g) program in the federal budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The program allows local law enforcement agencies to act as federal immigration officers. In this blog post, our Los Angeles …

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DHS Formalizes Policy: No More Collection of Civil Financial Penalties for “Failure-to-Depart”

On April 23rd, 2021, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is officially rescinding civil financial penalties for so-called ‘failure-to-depart’ violations. It is an important step in the right direction from creating a more equitable immigration system. In this blog post, our Los Angeles immigration law firm explains what you should …

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International Entrepreneur Parole (IEP): Explained

Several countries—such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia—have start-up visa programs in place. Through these programs, an entrepreneur who satisfies certain conditions can obtain conditional residence. Unfortunately, the United States does not have an official startup visa program. The Startup Visa Act of 2011 would have created one, but it stalled in Congress. That …

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Migration Policy Institute: Less than Half of People Eligible for DACA Actually Have It

Within the first 100 days, the Biden Administration has taken executive action to restore and protect DACA. Yet, a significant share of the people who are eligible for DACA are still outside of the program. According to a report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), slightly less than half of the eligible population actually has …

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LA Times Report: Long Beach, CA Answers the Biden Administration Call to Provide Shelter to Migrant Children

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has answered the Biden Administration’s call to provide local support for vulnerable migrants. Himself an immigrant from Peru, Mayor Garcia is moving forward with a plan to house up to 1,000 vulnerable migrant children at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment …

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Three Tips to Avoid Visa Delays (And How to Get Your Visa Out of Administrative Processing)

Unfortunately, the U.S. immigration process can move slowly. In some cases, visa applications are stuck processing for months, or even longer. One of the most common questions that people have for an immigration attorney is: How can I expedite my visa application? In this article, our Los Angeles visa delay attorneys offer three tips to …

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President Biden Selects Two Vocal Trump Administration Critics to Lead Immigration Agencies

On April 12th, 2021, President Biden announced his selections for two key immigration positions, the head of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). According to reporting from The Hill, President Biden has selected Chris Magnus for CHP and Ur Jaddou for USCIS—both vocal critics of …

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New York Creates $2.1 Billion COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Workers—Could California Be Next?

According to a report from The New York Times, the State of New York recently announced the creation of a $2.1 billion fund to support undocumented workers who lost wages due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. A first-of-its-kind state program, the New York fund offers considerable promise for supporting people who need financial assistance. …

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Public Opinion Poll Shows Strong Support for Extending State Health Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, a new public opinion poll shows that California voters are in favor of the state expanding health coverage and medical benefits to undocumented adults. Recently introduced by a group of lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly Bill 4 (AB 4) would allow all low-income adults to enroll in …

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With Key Case Looming in a Texas Court, Department of Homeland Security Moves to “Preserve and Fortify” DACA

According to a report from CBS News, the Biden Administration is safeguarding DACA. Citing an Executive Order from the president, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has issued a proposed rule that will help to “preserve and fortify” DACA. Notably, a Texas court is expected to release an important decision in a DACA …

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Immigration Rights Advocates in Massachusetts Raise Concerns About Fair and Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access

According to a report from Boston 25 News, two undocumented immigrants were denied access to the COVID-19 vaccine based solely on their immigration status at an undisclosed Rite-Aid location in Southern California. The company has since apologized for the unfair and inequitable denial of vaccines. At the same time, immigrant rights activists are raising concerns …

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My Work Permit is Delayed—What Can I Do to Get a Decision?

As explained by USCIS, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is a document that provides a non-citizen with temporary authorization to work in the United States. You will frequently hear an EAD referred to as more simply as a ‘work permit’. The delay of a work permit can cause serious financial hardship for you and your …

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House of Representatives Passes Immigration Bill Aimed at Helping ‘Dreamers’

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the House of Representatives passed a bill designed to provide additional protections to Dreamers—including a path to citizenship. The bill was approved by a 228 to 197 vote, with 9 Republicans joining the Democratic majority. Here, our Los Angeles DACA attorney explains what is in the …

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Bipartisan Legislators Reintroduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act; Supported by California Farm Bureau

According to a report from Lake Coast News, representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-California) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington) have reintroduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The bill, which previously passed in the House of Representatives before stalling in the U.S. Senate, seeks to reform the country’s agricultural immigration system. In this article, our immigration law attorney provides …

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I Have a Two Year Conditional Green Card: What Will a Divorce Mean for My Immigration Status?

Divorce is a part of life for many people. The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that between 40 and 50 percent of U.S. marriages end in a separation. If you immigrated to the U.S. through a spouse and you possess a two year conditional green card, you probably want to know: How will a divorce …

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Biden Administration Tells Supreme Court it is Dropping Defense of President Trump’s Public Charge Rule

According to reporting from NBC News, the Biden Administration informed the Supreme Court that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is dropping its defense of the former President Trump’s so-called ‘Public Charge’ rule. With consent of the parties, the nation’s highest court dismissed the upcoming case on the matter. In this article, our immigration attorney explains …

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