Immigration Law Blog

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Moves to Cut Off Asylum for Domestic Violence Victims, People Fleeing Drug Cartels

As stated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), our country recognizes the right of asylum for qualified individuals who are fleeing persecution in other countries. Unfortunately, for those seeking asylum in the United States, the Trump Administration just made it much more difficult for victims of abuse and violence to get to safety…

Moral Failure On Our Southern Border: Trump Administration Separating Families

Recently, disturbing reports have come out regarding Trump Administration’s treatment of migrants who are attempting to obtain asylum in the United States. According to the New York Times, hundreds of young children, many of whom are infants, have been separated from their families at the southern border. Reporters at the New York Times reviewed data…

New California Bill Would Put Major Limits on Immigration Disclosures in State Court

Under the Trump Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been using increasingly harsh, aggressive immigration enforcement tactics. Among other things, there have been reports that ICE has even started detaining people at courthouses. California lawmakers are now responding. A new bill, (Senate Bill 785), recently passed by the legislature, would provide major protections…

Report: Huge Differences in How Immigration Judges Handle Asylum Cases

There is a good reason that Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold. As an allegorical representation of a fair, moral justice system, her blindfold serves to show us that justice must be objective. The blindfold represents the ideal of impartial justice. Our judges are tasked with applying the law in a fair manner, leaving…

Federal Judge Rules that Trump Administration Must Restart DACA

On September 5th, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in sixth months. At the time he called for Congress to take action to protect Dreamers, but in the intervening period the president repeatedly damaged attempts at a DACA deal. The six-month deadline has now come and…

The City of Los Angeles Wins Immigration Policy Lawsuit Against Jeff Sessions, DOJ

Last year, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was cutting off grant money for certain ‘sanctuary cities’. The stated goal of the DOJ’s policy change was to force these jurisdictions to give up their sanctuary status in exchange for keeping their DOJ grant money. Several major U.S. cities,…

Debunking President Trump’s False Claims on California, Immigrants, and Crime

On April 19th, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet criticizing California Governor Jerry Brown. Mr. Brown announced that while he will comply with the Administration’s demand for National Guard support at the border, he is heavily restricting what will occur on California National Guard patrols. In attacking Governor Brown, President Trump’s tweet alluded to…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Portion of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as ‘Unconstitutionally Vague’

On April 17th, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key portion of federal immigration law. In the case of Sessions v. Dimaya, the nation’s highest court ruled (5-4) that a portion of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is too vague to be enforced, and thus is in violation of…

How Do You Appeal a Deportation Order in Los Angeles, California

Unfortunately, many people are deported from California on illegitimate grounds every year. Often, those facing removal have immigration options available that they have not yet exercised. If you or a family member is facing deportation in Los Angeles, you need to take immediate action. It is highly recommended that you seek guidance from an experienced…

Orange County Sheriff to Exploit “Loophole” in California’s Sanctuary State Law

In October of 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54 into law. This legislation is also known as the California Values Act and it is sometimes more colloquially referred to as California’s ‘sanctuary state law. SB 54 provides critically important legal protections for immigrants and their families. Among other things, SB 54 restricts the amount…
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