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

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California Sues Trump Administration Over Attempt to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from 2020 Census Count

The Census matters. It is the government’s official count of the population and it affects hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding. Further, the Census count even impacts political representation in Washington. That is why it is so alarming that the Trump Administration is trying to change the rules at the last minute in... READ MORE

A Federal Judge Tentatively Upholds California’s Ban on Private Prisons and Private Immigration

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino has tentatively upheld California’s law banning private prisons and private immigration detention centers. In a preliminary ruling, Judge Sammartino suggested that she is likely to dismiss lawsuits filed by a private prison company and the Trump Administration. In doing... READ MORE

The Daily Beast: ICE Dodged Judicial Orders, Triggered COVID-19 Outbreak in Detention Facility

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the United States, prisoners and detainees are at heightened risk. This is not new information: In the early stages of the outbreak, a California federal judge ordered ICE to release vulnerable detainees. Sadly, unheeded warnings have caused irreparable harm, with many infections and even COVID-19 deaths in... READ MORE

Reversal: Trump Administration Drops Proposed Restrictions on Online-Only Classes for Student Visa Holders

On July 6th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made a surprise announcement that new restrictions were being added to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Without warning, the agency declared that F-1 students and M-1 students would not be allowed to remain in the United States if their school was going to online-only instruction... READ MORE

Telemundo Interview: President Trump Promises New Executive Order on Immigration

On July 10th, President Trump sat down for an exclusive interview with Telemundo—North America’s largest Spanish language television network. In a sharp break from his usual anti-immigrant rhetoric and his poor record on immigrant rights, the president made big promises to help expand legal protections for people.  Among other things, the President stated his intention... READ MORE

Harvard, MIT, and State of California are All Suing to Block the Trump Administration’s Student Visa Policy

Recently, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a new policy that all but strips F-1 student visas from international students whose schools have gone fully to online instruction in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. There has been widespread outrage about this cruel, unnecessary, and disruptive policy change.  As reported by The New York... READ MORE

Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Continue So-Called ‘Expedited Removals’

On June 25th, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the Trump Administration and against immigrant rights in the case of Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam. As a consequence of the decision, tens of thousands of asylum-seekers will have relatively little recourse to challenge a ‘fast-tracked’ deportation order. In... READ MORE

How to Apply for a Humanitarian Visa

If you or a loved one is facing an emergency situation, you may be eligible to obtain a humanitarian visa. Also known as humanitarian parole, this type of immigration relief is available in a narrow set of circumstances. Though, under United States immigration law, there are multiple humanitarian options and protections that you might be... READ MORE