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Appellate Court Ruling: Huntington Beach—and Other Charter Cities—are Not Exempt from California’s Sanctuary State Law

In response to the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and its draconian policies, California became a sanctuary state. Among other things, California provides much needed legal protection to undocumented immigrants by limiting the amount of cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Unfortunately, since the bill was passed,…

Los Angeles Times: Once a Haven for Immigrants, A City is Turning Against Refugees Under President Trump

On January 9th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published an important and illuminating story on Bismarck, North Dakota—a relatively small and racially homogenous city that, while once considered to be a haven for refugees from all around the world, has become a much more challenging place for immigrants to live in the era of President…

Are Iranian-Americans Being Detained at the U.S. Border?

On January 2nd, 2020, President Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani,  a top Iranian general. By doing so, the administration unilaterally and dramatically heightened tensions across the globe—potentially even pushing the United States closer to a very serious military crisis.  There have been immediate ramifications back at home. At the border, there have…

For-Profit Prison Company Sues to Block California’s Law Banning Private Immigration Detention Centers

Last Fall, California lawmakers passed a bill banning private prisons, including private immigration facilities. As the law takes effect on January 1st, 2020, one of the nation’s top private prison companies is taking legal action against the state.  According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the GEO Group—the largest private, for-profit immigration detention contractor…

Four Things You Need to Know About O-1 Entertainment Visa Applications

Through an O-visa, individuals with extraordinary abilities or achievements may be eligible to get authorization to live and work in the United States. Indeed, O-1 visas are the primary employment immigration option used by people in the entertainment industry. As explained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are two types of O-1 visas:…

U Visas: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Through a U visa, a victim of a serious crime may be eligible to obtain protection under immigration law. To apply for a U visa, a crime victim must report the offense and work with law enforcement and government agencies.  Navigating the U visa application process can be confusing and challenging. We want to make…

Advocacy Groups are Pushing for Tax Law Reforms to Help Low and Middle Income Immigrants in California

According to reporting from The San Diego Union-Tribune, the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is among a coalition of advocacy groups that are pushing for reforms of California’s state tax laws.  Under the current tax rules, immigrants—simply because of their immigration status—are excluded from a state-based tax credit. Here, our Los Angeles immigration law attorney…

ICE Shut Down a Free Immigration Hotline After it was Featured in a Show—Immigration Activists are Suing

According to reporting from NBC Southern California, Freedom for Immigrants (FFI), an immigrant rights group based in California, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for ending a free hotline that offered detainees an opportunity to report poor or dangerous conditions in detention facilities.  The hotline, which received a wave of national attention after…

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office May Have Violated California’s Sanctuary State Law—a Father is Facing Deportation as a Result

According to reporting from Fox 40, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is facing a complaint over allegations that one of its deputies violated California’s sanctuary state laws. Under Senate Bill 54, police officers and law enforcement agencies in California are legally required to limit cooperation with federal immigration officials. Immigrant rights activists believe that the…

Investigative Report: H-1B Visa Denials Rates are Skyrocketing Under the Trump Administration

On December 2nd, 2019, Mother Jones published an investigative report on the legal barriers that the Trump Administration has put into place to make it more difficult for qualified applicants to obtain H-1B visas. While the steps that the administration is taking behind the scenes are somewhat unclear, the effects are not: H-1B visa applications…
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