Category Archives: Immigration Law

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

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

Legal Rights of Undocumented Immigrants

Contrary to some popular misconceptions, undocumented immigrants are entitled to many constitutional protections. It is imperative that undocumented immigrants and their families fully understand these legal protections. While this has always been important, it has become especially so in this fraught political atmosphere in which many immigrant groups have been demonized by major political leaders.... READ MORE

Catch & Release: What Does it Mean?

‘Catch and release’ is the colloquial (slang) name of a long-time U.S. immigration enforcement protocol. Essentially, the policy simply allows those who have been accused of immigration violations to be released in the interim period while they are waiting to go before an immigration judge. Politically, catch and release has become an extremely controversial issue.... READ MORE

Legal Immigrants and Undocumented Parents

Any person born in the United States is automatically granted American citizenship. Birthright citizenship, as it is known, is no doubt a good policy. This means that when undocumented immigrants have a child within the United States, that child becomes a citizen. Indeed, that family becomes one that has mixed immigration status. Unfortunately, the undocumented... READ MORE

Common Obstacles to Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

According to research conducted by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), around 1.3 million foreign-born individuals move into the U.S. each year. While not all migrants are interested in ultimately obtaining American citizenship, many of them are. The good news is that getting U.S. citizenship is a possibility for many people who have entered the country.... READ MORE

Importance of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

On October 3rd, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) into law. Prior to the passage of this legislation, the United States actually used a nationality based quota system for admitting immigrants. The quota system, which was first enacted in the 1920s, severely restricted immigration into the United States from many... READ MORE