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House Democrats Introduce the ‘Dream and Promise Act’ — A Bill Offering a Path to Permanent Status for 2.5. Million People

As reported by ThinkProgress, House Democrats have formally introduced HR 6 — also known as the ‘Dream and Promise Act’ — a bill that would potentially provide a realistic path to permanent residency for around 2.5 million immigrants. At a time when immigrants are under increased pressure from the Trump Administration, the introduction of this…

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…

California Officials Find that Immigrants Face Harsh Conditions in ICE Detention Facilities

According to reporting from NBC Southern California, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has determined that detainees are facing harsh conditions in California’s federal immigration facilities. In a report released by the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ), regulators released a comprehensive review of the ten federal immigration facilities located in the state: Adelanto ICE…

A California Legislator Has Proposed a Bill that Would Restrict Counties and Cities from Working with Technology Companies that Cooperate with ICE and CBP

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, California Assemblyman Rob Bonta — a Democratic party representative from Alameda — introduced a new bill that would prevent counties and cities in California from giving new contracts to data companies that work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Here, our…

New Data: President’s Trump Government Shutdown Increased the Immigration Court Backlog By More Than Ten Percent

It is no secret that the United States immigration process can be frustratingly slow. An immigration backlog that is surging in recent years has only compounded this problem — especially in California, where the immigration court backlog has swelled well beyond 140,000 cases. Earlier this week, this data was released, confirming the disruptive and destructive…

Defying the Trump Administration, Los Angeles Formally Declares Itself a ‘City of Sanctuary’

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a largely symbolic resolution declaring our community as a ‘City of Sanctuary’. While some immigration activists were frustrated by the city’s slow movement on the issue — the resolution was proposed nearly eighteen months ago —  it is still…

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 Trump Administration’s Family Separation Program Was Far Larger, More Cruel than Previously Believed

On January 17th, 2019, The New York Times reported that the Trump Administration’s immoral family separation policy affected thousands more children than was previously known. This information was released in a new government OIG report — required to be drafted following a federal court order. According to the report from the Office of the Inspector…

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.…