What To Do If a Loved One Dies in ICE Custody

There have long been serious concerns regarding the treatment of detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to ICE’s own internal records, 141 immigrants died in ICE custody between 2003 and 2013. Many observers believe that the agency’s negligence and mistreatment of detainees have contributed to a significant number of those deaths. For... READ MORE

Is School a Safe Zone?

Through both offhand remarks and his official statements, President Donald Trump has repeatedly asserted that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be far more aggressive under his watch. For undocumented immigrants and their families, this has resulted in very tense times, as there are serious questions over when and where ICE agents can conduct... READ MORE

What is the ‘Non-Cooperative’ List?

According to reporting from The Mercury News, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has put several Los Angeles jails on its official ‘non-cooperative’ list. Disturbingly, ICE wanted to hold certain undocumented immigrants indefinitely, however, thankfully, some L.A.-area jails refused to comply with this request. According to the report, multiple Southern California jails, including one... READ MORE

What is the L.A. Justice Fund?

In December of 2016, with the beginning of the Trump presidency less than a month away, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the creation of a $10 million fund to provide legal support and assistance to undocumented immigrants facing deportation hearings. The L.A. Justice Fund is modelled after other similar funds that already exist in... READ MORE

Bill SB 54 and What it Means for Immigrants

With the election and then subsequent inauguration of President Donald Trump, there has been considerable unease in the immigrant community. President Trump’s offensive remarks towards immigrants, combined with his anti-immigrant policy proposals, have led to calls for action from immigrant rights groups. In California, Senate Bill 54, which is currently working its way through the... READ MORE

ICE Protests and Arrests

On April 13th, 2017, at least 35 protesters were arrested in downtown Los Angeles. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the demonstrators were protesting the harsh immigration enforcement actions that have been taken by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the early days of the Trump Administration. Among those arrested were religious... READ MORE

ICE Raids

United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) is the federal agency responsible for overseeing border security and immigration. In the early weeks of the Trump Administration, there have been reports that ICE is increasing raids within American communities. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Trump Administration have continuously failed to provide the... READ MORE

Why Immigrants are Turning Down Government Assistance

According to a report in The Washington Post, immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are increasingly turning down government assistance. The primary reason for this is out of fear that they, or their loved ones, will face deportation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Trump Administration. Fears of deportation have been on the rise... READ MORE

Trump’s Merit-based Immigration System

Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (INA), American immigration policy has largely been based on a complex combination of family connections and work skills. For family-based immigrants, this means that they may be able to obtain a green card directly through a close relative or through the family... READ MORE