Category Archives: Immigration Law

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

A Federal Judge Tentatively Upholds California’s Ban on Private Prisons and Private Immigration

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino has tentatively upheld California’s law banning private prisons and private immigration detention centers. In a preliminary ruling, Judge Sammartino suggested that she is likely to dismiss lawsuits filed by a private prison company and the Trump Administration. In doing... READ MORE

The Daily Beast: ICE Dodged Judicial Orders, Triggered COVID-19 Outbreak in Detention Facility

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the United States, prisoners and detainees are at heightened risk. This is not new information: In the early stages of the outbreak, a California federal judge ordered ICE to release vulnerable detainees. Sadly, unheeded warnings have caused irreparable harm, with many infections and even COVID-19 deaths in... READ MORE

Harvard, MIT, and State of California are All Suing to Block the Trump Administration’s Student Visa Policy

Recently, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a new policy that all but strips F-1 student visas from international students whose schools have gone fully to online instruction in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. There has been widespread outrage about this cruel, unnecessary, and disruptive policy change.  As reported by The New York... READ MORE