*Practice limited to federal immigration law. Licensed in NY, MA, but not in CA.

Category Archives: Immigration News

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, a California Federal Judge Orders ICE to Free Immigrant Children

According to a report from National Public Radio (NPR), a California federal judge has ordered all children being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for more than 20 days to be released before July 17th. The decision applies to all three of the agency’s Family Residential Centers (FRC).  The court determined that the federal... READ MORE

California’s Sanctuary State Law Will Stand

As reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, the Supreme Court of the United States will not hear the Trump Administration’s challenge to California’s sanctuary state law. Thus, the state’s critically important 2017 law that provided additional protections to immigrants has been upheld and it will remain in place. Below, our Los Angeles immigration law... READ MORE

USA Today Report: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Essential Workers are Still Facing Deportation

According to a report from USA Today, some essential workers are at risk of being deported from the United States. The journalists highlight the distressing and unjust story of a 48-year-old California mother of four who, after repeatedly receiving humanitarian relief, is suddenly set to be deported to Mexico. Despite living in the country for... READ MORE

COVID-19 Treatment Will NOT Be Used Against Immigrants in a Public Charge Test, But Fear Over Rule Remains

In August of 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the Trump Administration’s radical expansion of the public charge rule. The regulatory change makes it more difficult for lower income and medically vulnerable immigrants and immigrant families to get green cards.  As the COVID-19 pandemic hits the country, there are serious concerns that... READ MORE

Application Window Open: Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Apply for COVID-19 Relief in California

The COVID-19 outbreak is a serious public health and economic crisis. Unfortunately, undocumented immigrants—who have been disproportionately affected by government shutdowns—have been largely left out of federal financial support programs. Last month, the state of California created a first of its kind fund to help support undocumented immigrants.  The fund is now valued at $125... READ MORE

Immigrant Rights Advocates Tried to Donate Protective Masks to the Otay Mesa Detention Center—they Were Turned Away at the Gates

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic is hitting communities throughout the country. The California Department of Public Health has confirmed 43,464 cases of COVID-19 in the state as of April 28th. While everyone is at risk of respiratory disease, the situation is especially dire in places where true social distancing is impossible, such as in immigration detention... READ MORE

President Trump’s 60-Day Immigration Moratorium: What You Need to Know

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Blade, President Trump has signed an Executive Order that temporarily restricts immigration for a period of 60 days. The plan was initially announced on the President’s Twitter account, as a characteristically vague and overwrought declaration: “I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the... READ MORE

New Firm Name, Same Great Team!

The Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, P.C. is now Goldstein Immigration Lawyers   We’re thrilled to announce the new name of our firm. As of April 2020, The Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, P.C. is now Goldstein Immigration Lawyers. Rest assured that even though our name has changed, we’re still the same great... READ MORE

California Creates $75 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund to Support Undocumented Immigrants—It is an Important Step, But More is Needed

California’s ‘Stay Home’ order is a crucial public safety measure designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Unfortunately, a consequence of the temporary closure of non-essential businesses is a significant economic dislocation. While there are state and federal policies in place to help provide financial relief to people in need, undocumented immigrants have largely... READ MORE

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic has Derailed the Citizenship Process for Thousands of Immigrants

According to a report from Buzzfeed News, the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the citizenship process for several thousands of immigrants. The culmination of what can be a decades-long journey for many people has come to a halt right before the finish line. Many people who have applied for citizenship through naturalization are suddenly dealing with... READ MORE