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

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COVID-19 Treatment Will NOT Be Used Against Immigrants in a Public Charge Test, But Fear Over Rule Remains

In August of 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the Trump Administration’s radical expansion of the public charge rule. The regulatory change makes it more difficult for lower income and medically vulnerable immigrants and immigrant families to get green cards.  As the COVID-19 pandemic hits the country, there are serious concerns that... READ MORE

Application Window Open: Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Apply for COVID-19 Relief in California

The COVID-19 outbreak is a serious public health and economic crisis. Unfortunately, undocumented immigrants—who have been disproportionately affected by government shutdowns—have been largely left out of federal financial support programs. Last month, the state of California created a first of its kind fund to help support undocumented immigrants.  The fund is now valued at $125... READ MORE

H-1B Employees and Layoffs: What to Know About Your Immigration Status

The California Department of Health recommends social distancing to slow the transmission of COVID-19. An unfortunate consequence of the necessary public health measures is that there has been tremendous economic disruption. As reported by CNBC, 36.5 million American workers were laid off in an eight-week period following the outbreak of the virus.  Non-immigrant employment visa... READ MORE

Preventable Tragedy: 57-Year-Old Man Dies of COVID-19 in ICE Custody in Southern California

According to a report from The Washington Post, a 57-year-old man has died of COVID-19 at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, California. Originally from El Salvador, Carlos Escobar-Mejia was reportedly taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in January. Prior to that, he had been living in the United States... READ MORE

Ten-Year Cancellation of Removal: A Guide

A ten-year cancellation of removal is an important tool that, in certain circumstances, can be used to fight and stop deportation. We want to make sure all interested parties have a basic understanding of how ten-year cancellation can be used to help some immigrants halt removal and obtain a green card. Below, our Los Angeles... READ MORE

Immigrant Rights Advocates Tried to Donate Protective Masks to the Otay Mesa Detention Center—they Were Turned Away at the Gates

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic is hitting communities throughout the country. The California Department of Public Health has confirmed 43,464 cases of COVID-19 in the state as of April 28th. While everyone is at risk of respiratory disease, the situation is especially dire in places where true social distancing is impossible, such as in immigration detention... READ MORE

California Federal Judge: Lack of Social Distancing a Serious Problem at Immigration Detention Facilities

According to a report from CBS KPIX San Francisco Bay Area, United States District Court judge Vince Chhabria has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide comprehensive information regarding the social distancing protocols at two California-based detention centers:  Yuba County Jail (Marysville, CA); and Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center (Bakersfield, CA).  After additional details... READ MORE