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Roma Actor May Miss Oscars After Being Denied U.S. Visa

A Spanish language drama film written and directed by the Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Roma follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family in a working-class district of Mexico City. Groundbreaking because it is a foreign language film that was originally released on Netflix, Roma has received wide praise. The New…

Public Radio International: Los Angeles Immigration Court is a ‘Ghost Town’; Government Shutdown Causing Enormous Disruption

As the Trump Administration’s shutdown rolls past the one-month mark, more and more people are being forced to reckon with the damage. Earlier in January, we discussed the impact the federal government shutdown was having on immigration courts. Each day the shutdown goes on, additional immigration hearings are postponed to an uncertain date in the…

The Next Census Could Include a Citizenship Question: Why This is Likely to Hurt Southern California

As we approach 2020, it is almost time for the next census. Under United States law, a national census is conducted once every 10 years. In a somewhat underreported move that occurred early in the administration, President Trump’s Commerce Department put a new rule into place that adds a citizenship question to the 2020 census.…

Federal Lawsuit: Vermont DMV Helped ICE Target Immigration Activists

According to reporting from National Public Radio (NPR), undocumented immigrants may have reasons to be concerned when they apply for a driver’s license — even if they are doing so in a state where they have the absolute right to do so. Notably, California law allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a valid state driver’s license.…

A Giant Private Prison Company Complained About California’s Sanctuary States Laws; Federal Immigration Enforcement Officials Listened

As President Trump assumed office, he began following through on his promises to make America a less welcoming place for immigrants. In response, California passed a wide range of laws designed to protect immigrants, including a ‘Sanctuary State’ bill. For many immigrants, California’s reforms provided some much needed legal protection during a very difficult and…

Understanding Form I-693 (The Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record)

If you or your loved one is applying for an adjustment of status (a green card), you will typically be required to complete and submit Form I-693. A clean copy of this application form — the official Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record — is provided online by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services…

Autopsy Results: Deceased Transgender Immigrant Sustained Physical Injuries in ICE Custody, Received Inadequate Medical Care

On November 26th, 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a transgender woman named Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez — who tragically died in a privately run immigration detention facility last May — was likely physically abused and denied necessary medical care before passing away. This is according to the results of an autopsy report released by the…

Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against Trump Administration on DACA

On November 8th, 2018 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against the Trump Administration on DACA. In the case of Regents of the University of California v. DHS ("DACA II"), Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote that the rescission of the DACA program by the Trump Administration is unlawful due to…

New Report: Trump Administration Finds Few Cases of Immigration Fraud

The Trump Administration has repeatedly and consistently attacked immigrants and immigrant communities. Among many other things, the president has falsely accused immigrants of being more likely to commit crimes and he has proposed harsh new rules to restrict access to green cards for any immigrants who use public benefits. The president and his allies have…

President Trump Does Not Understand the American Immigration System: Debunking Three Common Myths

On October 25th, 2018, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet that once again demonstrated his lack of understanding of United States immigration law and how our immigration system functions. The president stated that members of the so-called ‘caravan’ of migrants coming through Central America are trying to enter the U.S. “illegally” and that they…