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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…

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Announces that it Will Not Participate in New ICE Detention Program

According to reporting from NBC Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has officially announced that it will not participate in the federal government’s newly released Warrant Service Officer Program. The program, which was unveiled earlier this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seeks to give local law enforcement agencies the power…

Long-Time U.S. Resident and Mother of Four Helped Prosecutors Put a Rapist in Jail; She Was Still Deported By ICE

According to reporting from The Nation, a 39-year-old mother from Michigan was deported to Mexico after nearly two decades in the United States. What makes this story especially heart wrenching is that she worked directly with American law enforcement by testifying against the man who sexually assaulted her, which helped prosecutors obtain a conviction and…

As Government Shutdown Persists, Hundreds of Thousands Face Immigration Delays

On December 22nd, 2018, the Trump Administration took the federal government into a partial shutdown. In its desire to get money for the ‘the wall’ — which Mexico has not and will never pay for — the administration brought the government to a halt. As the shutdown continues beyond the holiday season, many people are…

Motion to Reopen a Removal Order: Four Things You Need to Know

Under the Trump Administration, federal immigration officers are ramping up deportations. According to data published by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency conducted more than 225,000 removals from the country in the 2017 fiscal year alone. If a deportation order was issued against you, there may still be legal options available. In some cases,…

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…

What is the Flores Settlement?

For several weeks the Trump Administration has falsely blamed ‘the law’ for its immoral decision to separate families at the southern border. Some administration officials have also pointed to the 1997 Supreme Court case of Flores v. Reno (also known as the ‘Flores settlement’) as a reason why family separation occurred. Once again this is…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Portion of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as ‘Unconstitutionally Vague’

On April 17th, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key portion of federal immigration law. In the case of Sessions v. Dimaya, the nation’s highest court ruled (5-4) that a portion of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is too vague to be enforced, and thus is in violation of…

How Do You Appeal a Deportation Order in Los Angeles, California

Unfortunately, many people are deported from California on illegitimate grounds every year. Often, those facing removal have immigration options available that they have not yet exercised. If you or a family member is facing deportation in Los Angeles, you need to take immediate action. It is highly recommended that you seek guidance from an experienced…

A Portrait of the High Cost of Deportation

On December 12th, 2017 The Guardian published a heartbreaking portrait of a woman who was deported from the United States after living in Los Angeles County for more than 25 years. Luz María Hernández, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, a southern state that has been rocked by violence related to the drug trade, was detained by…