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As an ICU Nurse Battles COVID-19 in California, Her Husband Faces Deportation

According to a report from CBS News, Urooj Alavi, a nurse who works in an intensive care unit (ICU) in Southern California, is currently fighting on the frontlines of America’s battle with COVID-19. A mother of a six-year-old and a one-year-old, she is working tirelessly to help save lives. At the same time, her family …

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Los Angeles County Will Pay $14 Million to Immigrants Illegally Detained By the Police

According to a recent report from the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County has agreed to pay $14 million in compensation to settle a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigrants who were unlawfully obtained by the Sheriff’s Department between 2010 and 2014. Here, our Southern California immigration attorney provides an overview of the allegations …

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IMPOSSIBLE Victory for a Delayed Visa – Here’s How (& Why) It Happened

Discouraged, she was ready to move to Pakistan… until this happened! Hey! It’s Josh here again. “All you need is love?” While I think the Beatles are AMAZING…When it comes to getting a VISA ‘unstuck’ for your significant other, it’s simply not enough. “I was ready to move back home, this simply wasn’t working for …

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F4 Visas: What to Know About Bringing a Sibling to the United States in 2021

Most people who immigrate to the United States already have some personal connections within the country. In fact, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reports that more than 65 percent of immigrants to the United States already have at least one family member who is an American citizen or a lawful permanent resident. The basis of …

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Marriage, Green Cards, and Divorce: An Overview

Unfortunately, not every marriage works out in the end. If you and your spouse are having trouble, you are certainly not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 790,000 married couples get divorced each year. Although ending a marriage is never easy, the divorce process can be especially stressful for …

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Immigrant Rights Advocates are Worried About Another Round of ICE Raids Targeting California

According to a report in The Fresno Bee, immigrant rights organizations are sounding the alarm that another round of ICE raids may be coming in the next several weeks or months. There are signs that the federal immigration enforcement agency is preparing targeted raids against ‘sanctuary’ states. Here, our Los Angeles deportation and removal lawyer …

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Trump Administration Set to Slash Refugee Limit for Third Straight Year—Will Be a Historic Low of Just 15,000

According to a report from the Associated Press, the Trump Administration is preparing to cut the nation’s refugee cap by an additional 16.5 percent. The cap is being reduced from 18,000 to just 15,000. To put the change into perspective, the U.S. is set to take in the fewest number of refugees in the history …

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New California Law Grants Detainees Enhanced Right to Sue For-Profit Prisons for Abuse

California Assembly Bill 3228: An Overview According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 3228—a state law that grants immigrant detainees enhanced legal rights to sue for-profit prisons for abuse and neglect. It is a critically important piece of legislation that could bring greater justice and …

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California Expands EITC, YCTC Access to All Immigrants: What You Need to Know

According to a report from CBS San Francisco, California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill extending CalEITC and YCTC access to all state residents—including undocumented immigrants. Beyond creating a more just and fair tax system, it is an important step to provide much needed economic relief to undocumented workers who have been disproportionately affected …

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Whistleblower Accuses ICE of Medical Neglect, COVID-19 Violations, and Forced Hysterectomies

On September 16th, 2020, National Public Radio (NPR) reported that a whistleblower has come forward with disturbing allegations against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Among other things, the whistleblower—a nurse who worked at an ICE facility in Georgia—accuses the agency of serious medical misconduct, including pushing forced hysterectomies on vulnerable migrant women. Congressional …

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Ninth Circuit Ruling: Trump Administration has Broad Discretion to End Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

According to a report from the Orange County Register, a 2-1 ruling by a federal court panel has opened the door for the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for as many as 400,000 immigrants in the coming year. It is an unfortunate ruling that once again exposes the vulnerabilities that many immigrants …

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Immigration Law: Your Guide to Parole in Place (PIP)

Immigrants make important contributions to the United States military. According to data from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), nearly 2.5 million veterans are themselves immigrants or are the children of immigrants. Parole in Place (PIP) is an immigration option that allows undocumented family members of U.S. military members to get legal protection. Here, our Los …

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, ICE Launches Major Immigration Raid in Los Angeles

On September 4th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested and detained more than 300 people in a month-long operation across Southern California. The raids occurred despite the fact that Los Angeles County was being hit hard by COVID-19 over the summer. Undocumented immigrants swept up in the …

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Trump Administration Pushing Expanded Biometric Requirements—Wants Immigrants to Provide Eye Scans and DNA

According to a report from Buzzfeed News, the Trump Administration is set to propose new rules aimed at forcing many immigrants to submit to eye scans, voice scans, and to provide DNA samples. Buzzfeed News obtained a drafted proposal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that seeks to radically expand biometric requirements. Federal law …

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Supreme Court Saved DACA, But Many DREAMers Still Lack Reliable Protection

In 2017, President Trump took action to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). After years of legal battles, the Supreme Court of the United States finally weighed in on the matter in June— saving DACA by ruling that the Administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it moved to unilaterally terminate the program. …

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sued for Violating California Values Act

In 2017, California legislators passed the California Values Act into law. Also known colloquially as California’s ‘sanctuary state law’, the law provides important legal protections to immigrants by restricting the cooperation between state/local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. According to a report from The Orange County Register, a 31-year-old Salvadoran immigrant has filed …

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Report: Non-citizens Face a Disproportionate Risk from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our country hard. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that 644,751 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the state as of August 20th, 2020. More than 5.7 million cases have been reported nationwide. While the pandemic is affecting everyone, some communities are facing a disproportionate impact …

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Los Angeles Councilman Files Motion to Ban City Hotels from Holding Immigrants

On August 16th, 2020, The New York Times broke the story that the Trump Administration (through a private security company) is holding undocumented immigrants in hotels around the country, including in one private hotel located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. In doing so, the administration is working to rapidly expel vulnerable immigrants from …

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How Long Does Administrative Processing Take?

Administrative processing or administrative clearance is a period of additional review and screening during which officials will make sure that a visa application meets all of the proper criteria. You likely want to know: How much longer is administrative processing going to take? The unsatisfying answer is “it depends”—in some cases it takes 30 or …

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Congress Must Act: Two Thirds of USCIS Employees Set to Be Furloughed at the End of the Month

According to a report from CNN, several thousand employees at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are facing furlough at the end of August. Due to the coronavirus, USCIS is dealing with a severe budget crisis. The agency needs immediate, dedicated funding to keep operations at its current levels. As many as two thirds …

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Emails: ICE Deliberately Limited COVID-19 Testing at a California Facility

Recently, emails were obtained indicating that ICE deliberately limited COVID-19 testing at a Bakersfield, California immigration detention facility in order to avoid releasing immigrants. According to a shocking report from KTLA 5, COVID-19 testing was discouraged at the privately run Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility because they did not want to deal with the fallout …

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