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

Category Archives: Immigration News

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

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... READ MORE

DHS and ICE Tried to Block a New Netflix Documentary—Film Shows the Banal Horror of the Deportation Bureaucracy

On August 3rd, 2020, the documentary ‘Immigration Nation’ premiered on Netflix. From directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, the film is a six-part miniseries that examines our country’s deportation bureaucracy and the terrible and traumatizing effect that it has on vulnerable people and their families. According to a report from The New York Times, the... READ MORE

USCIS Finalizes Changes: Many Immigration Fees are Increasing

Pushed aggressively by the Trump Administration, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is increasing a number of different immigration fees. As reported by CNN, the immigration agency has officially updated its fee structure after a nearly year-long review. Here, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer provides an overview of the immigration fee increases and explains... READ MORE