Category Archives: Immigration News

San Diego County Approves Plan to Provide Immigrants With Access to Legal Representation

According to U.S. News & World Report, San Diego County has approved a plan that will provide access to legal representation to immigrants who are facing deportation from the United States. In this blog post, our Los Angeles immigration lawyers discuss the new plan from San Diego County and explain why lack of legal representation …

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President Biden Revoked Proclamation 10014 (The Trump Visa Ban)

On February 24th, 2021, President Joe Biden issued A Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014. Effectively immediately, the wide-reaching visa ban put into place by the Trump Administration is no more. This is great news for many people who have been waiting on the approval of their immigration visa. Here, our Los Angeles immigration law attorney …

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Proposed California Bill Would Extend Food Assistance to Undocumented Immigrants

According to a report from The Sacramento Bee, a California state lawmaker has introduced legislation (Senate Bill 464) aimed at expanding food assistance benefits to undocumented immigrants and others who are currently ineligible for support based solely on their immigration status. In this article, our Los Angeles immigration advocates highlight three of the most important …

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LA Times Op-Ed: Hard Hit ICE Detention Facilities are Being Left Behind in COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

On February 15th, 2021, the Los Angeles Times published an important op-ed from Bill Ong Hing, a professional of law at the University of San Francisco, and Hamid Yazdan Panah, an advocacy director for Immigration Defense Advocates, an organization focused on ending the policies that detain and dehumanize people in immigrant communities. They raise an …

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Biden Administration Prepares Rollback of ‘Remain and Mexico’ Policy, Set to Begin Processing Asylum Applications

According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, the Biden Administration is planning to start processing the application of asylum seekers who were forced to ‘remain in Mexico’ under rules and regulations put in place by President Trump. In doing so, the administration will allow thousands of migrants who have been stuck waiting …

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Biden Administration Set to Release New Guidelines for ICE that Could Reduce Arrests and Deportations

According to a report from The Texas Tribune, President Biden is set to unveil new guidelines for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that reorient the agency’s policies away from harsh and aggressive immigration enforcement. Here, our Los Angeles deportation defense attorney explains the most important things you should know about the Biden Administration’s …

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President Biden Signs New Executive Orders on Immigration

On February 2nd, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans. The collection of three executive actions are focused on rolling back Trump Administration regulations and strengthening our country’s immigration policies. It is the latest part of a more …

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U.S. Government Deems Vaccination Sites “Sensitive Locations”; No Routine Immigration Enforcement

According to a report from NBC Los Angeles, the federal government has clarified that it will classify vaccination sites as ‘sensitive locations’ for the purposes of immigration law. In effect, this means that the government will not be conducting immigration raids or making immigration arrests at these sites but for the “most extraordinary of circumstances.” …

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Politico Report: Biden Administration Will Replace Top Immigration Court Official (A Trump Ally)

According to reporting from Politico, the Biden Administration is taking immediate action on our immigration courts. President Biden will replace James McHenry, a close ally of the Trump Administration, as the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review. It is an important change and a strong signal that the Biden Administration is taking the …

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Venezuelan-American Community Leaders Urge President Biden to Keep Promise on Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

According to reporting from the Caracas Chronicles, Venezuelan-American community leaders are urging President Biden to keep his campaign promise and deliver on the issue of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Notably, as a candidate, President Biden made a specific pledge to extend legal protections to Venezuelans. In this article, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer explains the …

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President Biden Plans to Send Bill to Congress to Give Legal Status to 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants

The Biden Administration is starting to roll out its immigration reform plans—and some of the proposals are more ambitious than were previously expected. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, President Biden is expected to ask Congress to pass a legislation that, among other things, provides legal status to approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants. In …

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Last Minute Asylum Restrictions

According to a report from Bloomberg, President Trump’s last minute attempt to restrict the asylum laws of the United States has been blocked by a federal judge. Known by some immigrant rights groups as the ‘death to asylum’, the new rule was set to go into effect on Monday, January 11th. Without the federal court …

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Biden Administration, Mexican Government, and Others Left to Deal With President Trump’s Mess at the Southern Border

Officially referred to as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the Trump Administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy has created a tremendous amount of hardship for vulnerable asylum seekers. With only a couple of weeks left in the administration, President-Elect Biden—and the Mexican government—are currently trying to figure out how to clean up the mess at the …

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What Does the Biden Presidency Meet for the Future of TPS (Temporary Protected Status)

On December 14th, 2020, the Electoral College officially affirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. With President-Elect Biden set to assume office in a little more than a month, large and swift shifts are expected on immigration policy. There are major implications for the future of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Here, our Los …

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United States Senate Passes the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020

On December 2nd, 2020, the United States Senate passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020. It represents the biggest legislative step yet in what has been a winding road for the proposed reform. If signed into law, the bill would eliminate national origin caps for employment visas, potentially reducing backlogs and wait times …

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California Lawmakers: State Should Expand Health Coverage to Undocumented Immigrants

As reported by The Sacramento Bee, several top California legislators are pushing the state to expand health coverage to undocumented immigrants. They are actively seeking support from Governor Gavin Newsom. If passed into law, Assembly Bill 4 (AB 4) would give all low-income adults in California the right to enroll in Medi-Cal—regardless of their immigration …

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Los Angeles Times Sues Federal Government, Seeking Records on Abuse in ICE Detention Facilities

On December 1st, 2020, the Los Angeles Times confirmed that the organization has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in an effort to seek records and information from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claim was filed after a recent investigative report revealed allegations …

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California Federal Judge Throws Out President Trump’s New H-1B Visa Rules

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, a federal judge in Oakland, California has blocked President Trump’s new restrictions on H-1B visas. District Judge Jeffrey S. White ruled that the Trump Administration failed to demonstrate “good cause needed to skip the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).” Here, our …

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Supreme Court Set to Review Trump Administration’s Plan to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Official Census Count

According to a report from ABC News, the Supreme Court of the United States is set to review a Trump Administration plan that would exclude millions of undocumented immigrants from the official census statistics. In effect, the outgoing administration proposal would shift billions of dollars of federal funding out of communities with high numbers of …

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KQED-FM Report: Many California Immigrants Hopeful Biden Administration Will End Travel Bans

On November 16th, 2020, KQED-FM published an important story on the “huge relief” that many immigrants across California are feeling in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Particularly in California’s large Iranian-American community, there is hope that the incoming Biden Administration will relax or eliminate President Trump’s travel bans. The harsh travel bans have made …

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Four Things to Know About President-Elect Joe Biden’s Immigration Platform

On November 7th, 2020, several news organizations declared Joe Biden the presumptive president-elect of the United States. He was able to score crucial victories in Michigan, Wisconsin, and several other swing states. The repudiation of President Trump represents a dramatic shift in the course of our country, particularly in the area of immigration law. As …

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration Rule on Immigration and Public Benefits

As reported by NBC Los Angeles, a federal judge based in Illinois has invalidated a draconian Trump Administration rule that would potentially deny green cards to immigrants who use basic public benefits. The decision at least temporarily blocks the regulation and provides important protections to many vulnerable immigrants. Here, our Los Angeles immigration law attorney …

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Los Angeles County is Looking for Ways to Help Reunite Migrant Families

According to a report from NBC Los Angeles, Los Angeles County is rolling out additional services for migrant families who were previously separated by the Trump Administration. The announcement follows the extremely distressing news that hundreds of young children still have not been reunited with their families more than two years after former Attorney General …

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Immigration News: Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Trump Administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

According to a report from The New York Times, the Supreme Court of the United States will review the Trump Administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum seekers. Officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the policy has previously been ruled unlawful by lower courts. In this article, our Los Angeles immigration law attorneys highlight …

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