Immigration Law Blog

 

Alert: 150 Immigrants Arrested in Latest ICE Raids in Los Angeles

On September 26th, 2019 the Los Angeles Times reported on the latest mass deportation raids in Southern California. Officials told the paper that at least 150 immigrants in communities across the Los Angeles area were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Unfortunately, even though state and local officials in California have taken important…

Trump Administration Proposes Rule Limiting Green Cards

On September 22nd, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule change that would limit access to green cards for immigrants who use basic public benefits. According to reporting from National Public Radio (NPR), the rule change would dramatically expand the federal government's authority to deny green cards to immigrants if they…

Jeff Sessions Imposes Limits on Immigration Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

The latest anti-immigrant policy to come out of the Trump Administration is a particularly pernicious one. On September 19th, 2018, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy that will further restrict the authority that immigration judges have to dismiss deportation cases. According to reporting from Reuters, Jeff Sessions has ruled that immigration…

The Trump Administration Will Cut the Refugee Cap Again

In October of 2017, the Trump Administration set the refugee ceiling at its lowest level in nearly four decades. At just 45,000 refugees, the Trump Administration’s first ‘cap’ was the lowest set by any Administration since the Refugee Act of 1980 was passed into law and created our current system.   On September 17th, 2018,…

Understanding the Trump Administration’s Harsh New Policy on Student Visa Violations

In August of 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an updated policy memorandum pertaining to student visa violations. Under this draconian new Administration policy, student visa holders will now be given significantly less leeway when it comes to minor violations of the terms of their visa. In this article, our top-rated Los…

California Has the Largest Immigration Court Backlog: It’s Still Growing

The immigration case backlog is growing as the processing time continues to slow down. On September 4th, 2018, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on new data that indicates that California has the largest immigration court backlog in the entire country. According to records collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the…

Federal Lawsuit Uncovers Documents Showing that Trump Administration Intervened to Push DHS to Cut Protection for Nicaraguans

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of humanitarian-based immigration law relief. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the power to grant TPS to nationals of countries that are deemed to be too unsafe for the United States to send people. In some cases, TPS is granted after major natural disasters;…

Trump Administration is Pushing Rule Change that Would Allow for Longer Detention of Migrant Children

According to reporting from National Public Radio (NPR), the Trump Administration is attempting to lift a court-imposed settlement that limits how long migrant children can be held in U.S. immigration detention centers. The proposed rule change would alter the ‘Flores Settlement’, an important policy that our legal team has discussed before. In this post, our…

California Federal Judge: Trump Administration Cannot Immediately Deport Hundreds of Reunited Families

On August 16th, 2018, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California blocked the Trump Administration from putting hundreds of migrant parents and children on the fast-track for deportation. Notably, these migrants were recently reunited after being torn apart by the Administration’s immoral family separation policy. In the…

Denaturalization Is Extremely Rare; The Trump Administration May Be Changing That

On August 12th, 2018, the Los Angeles Times published an article on yet another highly disturbing immigration policy change from the Trump Administration: the creation of a new task force to review immigration cases for possible denaturalization. Through denaturalization, a naturalized American citizenship could potentially lose their citizenship and even face deportation from the United…