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Understanding Immigration Law: What is an Adjustment of Status?

As defined by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), adjustment of status is the process through which an immigrant can apply for a green card (permanent residence) while holding a valid non-immigrant visa. If you are eligible, you can adjust your status without returning to your native country. Here, our Los Angeles immigration attorney…

Los Angeles County District Attorney Backs Off Hardline Stance on Immigration and Marijuana Offenses

According to reporting from The Daily Beast, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has reversed her office’s harsh stance of fighting immigration protections for individuals previously convicted of minor drug offenses, including marijuana-related offenses. In this article, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer explains the change in policy and the potential implications for immigrants charged…

Trump Administration Releases Proclamation—Seeks to Bar Visas for Uninsured Immigrants 

On October 4th, 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Trump Administration is rolling out a new policy proposal that will prohibit most immigrants who do not have health insurance coverage from obtaining visas. The move is just the latest attempt by President Trump to punish low-income immigrants and immigrants who use basic social…

Immigrant Detainee Dies in Southern California ICE Facility

On October 2nd, 2019, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Nebane Abienwi, a 37-year-old migrant from Cameroon, died in ICE custody in Southern California. In early September, Mr. Abienwi was detained at the United States-Mexico border, where he applied for asylum. For the last month, he was being held inside of the Otay Mesa Detention…

California Legislators Pass Bill to Ban Private Prisons — Including Immigration Detention Facilities  

According to reporting from the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Legislature has passed a bill that would phase out the private prison industry in the state. Notably, the bill — Assembly Bill 32 (AB32) — will also apply to private immigration detention facilities contracted for by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Originally, AB32 only…

Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule is Likely a Factor

Unfortunately, new data reveals that a growing percentage of American children lack adequate health insurance coverage. On September 10th, 2019, The Washington Post reported on the latest survey from the United States Census Bureau — which found that the percentage of Americans under the age of 19 without health insurance coverage increased from 5 percent…

What is Visa Retrogression?

Based on regulations set by the United States Congress, many different types of immigration visas are capped. This means that only a limited number of them may be issued each year. As a result, some qualified applicants may find their employment immigration approval has been delayed because of ‘visa retrogression’.  As described by U.S. Citizenship…

Los Angeles Times Report: Trump Administration Violating the Law in Implementing Its “Remain in Mexico” Policy

On August 28th, 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported that several U.S. officials believe that the Trump Administration is violating American law in its implementation of the “Remain in Mexico” policy.  Since the Migrant Protection Protocol (the Remain in Mexico Policy) was unveiled earlier this year, at least 37,578 asylum applicants have been sent back…

Report: Serious Medical Neglect at Immigration Detention Center in Southern California

According to reporting from Voice of San Diego, a detainee at San Diego’s Otay Mesa Detention Center is alleging that he has been a victim of serious medical neglect within the facility. A representative for the unidentified asylum seeker has filed a complaint with the California medical board — arguing that her client is receiving…

ICE Arrests Nearly 700 People at Worksites Across Mississippi — One of the Largest Immigration Raids in U.S. History

According to reporting from KTLA 5, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the largest immigration raid in more than ten years — arresting nearly 700 people at multiple worksites in Mississippi. Apparently planned over the last several months, the agency used approximately 600 agents to carry out coordinated enforcement operations at food processing…