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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 immigration attorney in Los …

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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 immigration lawyer in Los Angeles explains the change in policy and the potential implications for immigrants …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Los Angeles Time Op-Ed: Immigration Judge Resigned Because She Could Not in “Good Conscience” Serve Under the Trump Administration

On August 4th, 2019, a disheartening op-ed was published in the Los Angeles Times. Titled ‘Why I resigned as an immigration judge’, it was written by Ilyce Shugall — a former immigration judge in San Francisco who was driven out of service by the Trump Administration’s repeated attacks on immigrant rights.  Ms. Shugall noted that …

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Amid Fears of ICE Raids, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Pledges Support to Immigrants

As reported by KTLA 5, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michel Moore released a joint public statement pledging support to everyone in Los Angeles — regardless of their immigration status. The announcement came after renewed fears that ICE deportation raids were about to start in Los Angeles and …

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Understanding Immigration Law: What is Section 1325?

In the first night of a two-night Democratic presidential debate, a sharp disagreement emerged over what should be done about immigration law and “Section 1325”. Julián Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, challenged former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke to support his proposal to outright repeal Section 1325.  Many people who are interested …

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Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census, But the Trump Administration is Still Pushing

On June 27th, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States put a hold on the Trump Administration’s proposal to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census. In the case of Department of Commerce v. New York, the court ruled that the administration would need to produce a better explanation regarding why it is …

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ICE Raids in Los Angeles Delayed — Everyone Should Know their Rights

In recent weeks, the Trump Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have discussed immigration raids targeted at sanctuary cities. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the immigration raids on Los Angeles have been temporarily delayed. However, these raids, or other large-scale federal immigration enforcement operations could still be coming to California.  At …

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Federal Appeals Court Cancels Deportation Order for Immigrant Who Was Unlawfully Detained in Los Angeles Raid

According to a story published in the Los Angeles Times, a federal appeals court has cancelled the deportation order for a man who was unlawfully detained in a 2008 ICE raid at a Los Angeles manufacturing worksite. A three-member panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that federal immigration officers violated U.S. law …

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Report: U.S. Government is Deporting Victim of Terrorism

According to reporting from The New Yorker, the United States government is using a provision in an anti-terror law as grounds for deporting a victim of terrorism. It is a shocking and gutwrenching story that demonstrates just how difficult it is to apply for asylum in this country. Here, our deportation lawyer summarizes the disturbing account …

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Report: ICE Violating Its Own Policy, Deporting Veterans Without Checking Their Service Status

According to reporting from The Washington Post, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been deporting American veterans without ever reviewing their service status. This is taking place despite an internal agency policy that requires federal immigration agents to consider a veteran’s military records before initiating the deportation process. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has …

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California Lawmakers Considering Extending Medicaid Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants

According to reporting from Pacific Standard, California state lawmakers are considering removing the barriers that stand between undocumented immigrants and health care benefits. Currently, no U.S. state allows adult undocumented immigrants to access benefits through Medicaid. However, that could be changing. Recently, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would grant Medicaid benefits to …

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Attorney General William Barr Orders Withholding of Bail From Asylum Seekers

According to reporting from The New York Times, President’s Trump new Attorney General William Barr has issued a new order that could result in the denial of bail to thousands of asylum seekers — just the latest in a long line of attacks on immigrant rights by the Trump Administration. In this article, our asylum attorney …

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Responds to President Trump’s Illegal Plan to Release Detained Immigrant in “Sanctuary Cities”

NBC Los Angeles reports that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing back strongly against President Trump’s unlawful “plan” to release detained immigrants strictly in “sanctuary cities”. In recent weeks, the President has taken to Twitter and announced that his administration is exploring the option of transporting detained immigrants directly to sanctuary jurisdictions. As explained …

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A California Judge Halted the Trump Administration’s ‘Wait-in-Mexico’ Policy — But the Ninth Circuit Temporarily Blocked the Ruling

As reported by The Washington Post, Judge Richard Seeborg, a federal judge from San Francisco, ruled that the Trump Administration’s ‘Wait-in-Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers violates key provisions of federal immigration law. In recent months, the Trump Administration has been forcing many asylum-seekers to return to Mexico while they were awaiting their court date. However, on …

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Looking for Immigration Advice? Four Warning Signs You May Be Dealing With Fraud

In December, our legal team highlighted the story of several Southern California farmworkers who were scammed by an individual falsely posing as an immigration lawyer. Unfortunately, these types of fraud schemes are all too common. In February, the Los Angeles Immigration Fraud Unit announced charges against more individuals for scamming immigrants. Alarmingly, Los Angeles County …

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Update on Immigration Delays: It Takes Twice as Long to Get a Visa Compared to Four Years Ago

In recent years, many immigrants have been forced to endure frustrating delays in the processing of their application. California’s immigration court backlog is the largest in the country, and the federal government shutdown has only added to the chaos and dysfunction. The delays in our system are not limited to immigration courts. Recently, new data …

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Report: Smugglers, Criminal Groups are Benefiting From President Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies

President Trump has consistently pushed policies that make life significantly more difficult for immigrants and their families. Yet, there are some groups who appear to have benefited directly from the administration’s immigration policies: smugglers and criminal gangs in Mexico.   On February 4th, 2019, USA Today published a story on the impacts that the Trump …

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