Immigration Law Blog

 

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…

New York Times: America’s Undocumented Immigrants are Not Who You Think

On December 1st, 2019, The New York Times published an illuminating story on America’s undocumented immigrants. Once again, the report shows that our country’s undocumented immigrants are much more diverse and complex than most people think. Sadly, these misperceptions are sometimes used by politicians to trigger anti-immigrant sentiment.  Public opinion polling shows that most people…

Immigration Policy: An Update on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019

According to reporting from the California Farm Bureau, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 has made it through the House Committee on the Judiciary by a margin of 18 to 12—a key step on the path to becoming law. Introduced by lead sponsors that include California Democrat Zoe Lofgren and California Republican Doug LaMalfa,…

What is the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019?

In July 0f 2019, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act by a wide margin. Currently, the bill is still making its way through the Senate—though, with 35 co-sponsors, including prominent Democrats such as California Senator Kamala Harris and prominent Republicans such as Utah Senator Mitt Romney, there is…

Who is Eligible to Get an R-1 Visa (Religious Worker Visa)?

As described by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an R-1 visa is a temporary nonimmigrant visa that is reserved for qualified religious workers. To obtain a religious worker visa, there are very strict eligibility requirements that an applicant must meet. If you are applying for an R-1 visa in Los Angeles and you have…

Los Angeles Times: Asylum Officers are Pushing Back Against Trump Administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

On November 15th, 2019, the Los Angeles Times published a story about an asylum officer who is standing up and fighting back against President Trump’s “illegal” and “immoral” immigration policies. Doug Stephens, a Northern California-based asylum officer, told reporters from the Los Angeles Times that he will no longer implement the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Migrant…

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in DACA Cases—The Future of the Program is in Jeopardy

On November 12th, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the set of cases that are likely to decide the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The future of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of DREAMers from deportation is in the fate of a…

Trump Administration Officials Are Pushing New Immigration Fees—Including for Asylum Applications and DACA Renewals

According to reporting from BuzzFeed News, Trump Administration officials are actively pushing new and increased immigration fees. Not only is President Trump proposing a new rule that would require asylum seekers to pay a fee, but administration officials are also moving forward on increased fees across several different types of immigration applications. Here, our Los…
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