Immigration Law Blog

 

Report: ICE Violating Its Own Policy, Deporting Veterans Without Checking Their Service Status

According to reporting from The Washington Post, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been deporting American veterans without ever reviewing their service status. This is taking place despite an internal agency policy that requires federal immigration agents to consider a veteran’s military records before initiating the deportation process. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has…

ICE Inspector Finds “Egregious” Violations at Several Immigration Detention Facilities

According to reporting from PBS Newshour, an internal watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found very serious legal violations at several immigration detention facilities across the country — including at the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino County, California. In far too many cases, the health and safety of detainees are being put…

California Lawmakers Considering Extending Medicaid Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants

According to reporting from Pacific Standard, California state lawmakers are considering removing the barriers that stand between undocumented immigrants and health care benefits. Currently, no U.S. state allows adult undocumented immigrants to access benefits through Medicaid. However, that could be changing. Recently, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would grant Medicaid benefits to…

ICE Arrested a DACA Recipient — Then the Agency Went After Her Parents

Recently, the Chicago Sun Times reported on an especially heartbreaking story of a 26-year-old mother and DACA recipient who was arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while taking her child to school. Paula Hincapie-Rendon, the young mother, was originally brought to the United States from Columbia by her parents when she…

I Received a Request for Evidence (RFE) From USCIS — What Should I Do?

If United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) needs more information to proceed with an immigration application, it will send out a letter called a ‘Request for Evidence (RFE)’. If you received an RFE, it is normal to be stressed out, confused, and even frightened. At this time, it is essential that you know how…

How California’s Leaders Reacted to President Trump’s Latest Immigration Proposals

On May 16th, 2019, President Trump took to the South Lawn of the White House to unveil his Administration’s latest proposed immigration reforms. As reported by the Associated Press, the Trump Administration’s latest proposals seek to transform the immigration system in this country into one that devalues family-based immigration and puts a greater emphasis on…

White House Officials Discussed Secret Plan to Carry Out Mass Immigration Arrests in Los Angeles and Nine Other American Cities

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, White House officials, including President Donald Trump and Advisor Stephen Miller, discussed possible plans to carry out mass immigration arrests in ten U.S. cities. Among the cities targeted for the proposed “Blitz Operation” were: Los Angeles; New York City; and Chicago. Alarmingly, sources told reporters that the…

Oregon Man Sentenced to Prison After Attempting to ‘Bribe’ ICE to Deport his Wife

According to reporting from the ABC News, a Portland, OR man attempted to bribe an ICE agent into initiating deportation proceedings against his wife and her young child. Antonio Burgos — who was going through a divorce at the time — allegedly offered an ICE agent as much as $4,000 in exchange for deporting his…

Federal Appeals Court: Immigrants Can Still Be Deported for Pre-2016 Marijuana Offenses in California

In November of 2016, California residents voted in favor of the state’s recreational marijuana bill, Proposition 64, by a margin of 57 to 43. On January 1st, 2018, it became legal — at the state level — for people over the age of 21 in California to possess and use small amounts of marijuana. In…
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