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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…

BuzzFeed News: New USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli Sent an Email Pressuring Officials to Prevent Immigrants from Obtaining Asylum

Recently, President Donald Trump appointed Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican politician from Virginia and an opponent of immigration rights, as the Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In his first few days in the position, Acting Director Cuccinelli is already carrying out the Trump Administration’s agenda — attempting to make it more…

ICE Inspector Finds “Egregious” Violations at Several Immigration Detention Facilities

According to reporting from PBS Newshour, an internal watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found very serious legal violations at several immigration detention facilities across the country — including at the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino County, California. In far too many cases, the health and safety of detainees are being put…

I Received a Request for Evidence (RFE) From USCIS — What Should I Do?

If United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) needs more information to proceed with an immigration application, it will send out a letter called a ‘Request for Evidence (RFE)’. If you received an RFE, it is normal to be stressed out, confused, and even frightened. At this time, it is essential that you know how…

How California’s Leaders Reacted to President Trump’s Latest Immigration Proposals

On May 16th, 2019, President Trump took to the South Lawn of the White House to unveil his Administration’s latest proposed immigration reforms. As reported by the Associated Press, the Trump Administration’s latest proposals seek to transform the immigration system in this country into one that devalues family-based immigration and puts a greater emphasis on…

White House Officials Discussed Secret Plan to Carry Out Mass Immigration Arrests in Los Angeles and Nine Other American Cities

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, White House officials, including President Donald Trump and Advisor Stephen Miller, discussed possible plans to carry out mass immigration arrests in ten U.S. cities. Among the cities targeted for the proposed “Blitz Operation” were: Los Angeles; New York City; and Chicago. Alarmingly, sources told reporters that the…

Oregon Man Sentenced to Prison After Attempting to ‘Bribe’ ICE to Deport his Wife

According to reporting from the ABC News, a Portland, OR man attempted to bribe an ICE agent into initiating deportation proceedings against his wife and her young child. Antonio Burgos — who was going through a divorce at the time — allegedly offered an ICE agent as much as $4,000 in exchange for deporting his…

Federal Appeals Court: Immigrants Can Still Be Deported for Pre-2016 Marijuana Offenses in California

In November of 2016, California residents voted in favor of the state’s recreational marijuana bill, Proposition 64, by a margin of 57 to 43. On January 1st, 2018, it became legal — at the state level — for people over the age of 21 in California to possess and use small amounts of marijuana. In…

Homeland Security Rolls Out Invasive New Pilot Program to Test DNA of Asylum Seekers

According to reporting from NBC Southern California, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is unveiling a new plan to conduct DNA testing of asylum seekers who arrive at the border with young children. The Trump Administration claims that the highly invasive testing is necessary to prevent immigration fraud — which, despite the president’s claim, is…

President Trump is Pushing a New Rule that Would Force Asylum Seekers to Pay an Application Fee

According to reporting from The New York Times, President Trump is once again attempting to impose new burdens on people claiming asylum in the United States. On April 29th, 2019, the Trump Administration unveiled a new set of regulatory changes aimed at restricting the rights of asylum seekers. Asylum seekers are fleeing violence and persecution.…
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