Tag Archives: Los Angeles

Disrupted By COVID-19, California Churches Offer Safe Place for Asylum Seekers

On November 8th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published a story on several California churches that are stepping up and providing safety and protection to vulnerable asylum seekers. While these churches are facing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are now using the space and the resources that they have available to assist vulnerable …

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YOUR VISA HAS BEEN PRINTED – Here’s How We Did It For Joanna

Is your spouse’s immigration situation in DANGER of going to limbo? Hey! It’s Josh here again. There’s nothing as crushing and as difficult to process as to realize… Nothing is being done to move your spouse’s immigration situation forward by the government. That was the case for Joanna, a dear recent client of mine who …

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Los Angeles County Will Pay $14 Million to Immigrants Illegally Detained By the Police

According to a recent report from the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County has agreed to pay $14 million in compensation to settle a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigrants who were unlawfully obtained by the Sheriff’s Department between 2010 and 2014. Here, our Southern California immigration attorney provides an overview of the allegations …

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Telemundo Interview: President Trump Promises New Executive Order on Immigration

On July 10th, President Trump sat down for an exclusive interview with Telemundo—North America’s largest Spanish language television network. In a sharp break from his usual anti-immigrant rhetoric and his poor record on immigrant rights, the president made big promises to help expand legal protections for people.  Among other things, the President stated his intention …

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As COVID-19 Cases Rise, a California Federal Judge Orders ICE to Free Immigrant Children

According to a report from National Public Radio (NPR), a California federal judge has ordered all children being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for more than 20 days to be released before July 17th. The decision applies to all three of the agency’s Family Residential Centers (FRC).  The court determined that the federal …

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Report: President Trump to Sign Order Restricting Certain Work Visa for the Remainder of 2020

According to a report from Wall Street Journal, President Trump announced that he will sign an executive order that will temporarily restrict a number of different employment visas, including H-1B visas, H-2B visas, L-1 visas, and J-1 visas. The temporary suspension—which is set to run until the end of 2020—will only apply to new employment …

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy—But It Will Remain in Place for Now

According to a report from The Washington Post, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump Administration’s implementation of the Migrant Protocols Protocols (MPP)—often referred to more simply as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. However, later in that afternoon, the San Francisco-based federal court voted to suspend its order, which will allow the MPP …

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How To Handle Traffic Tickets on Your Naturalization Application N-400

   How To Handle Traffic Tickets On Your Naturalization Application N-400 When you’re applying for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, how do you deal with traffic tickets? Let’s say you have a minor speeding ticket with no arrest, a parking ticket, or some other sort of motor vehicle citation. How do you handle …

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Need A Marriage Green Card Quickly In Los Angeles? Watch This!

   Need A Marriage Green Card Quickly In Los Angeles? I help a lot of people get green cards through marriage. And one of the questions that comes up a lot for my clients in the Los Angeles area is how to get legally married really quickly? In many locations in and around Los …

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Hundreds of Parents Who Were Deported Without Their Kids May Be Eligible to Return to the United States—But Immigration Advocates are Struggling to Find Them

In January, nine migrant parents who were unlawfully deported from the United States without their children made a historic return to the country. The group—which was made up of eight fathers and one mother—was greeted by family and well-wishers when they arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the middle of the night. They …

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How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation with an Immigration Lawyer

Are you considering hiring an immigration lawyer to help you resolve a legal matter? If so, it is crucial that you are able to find the right legal professional for your specific case. One of the best things you can do is set up a confidential consultation with an experienced immigration attorney. During your initial …

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ProPublica: Government Policies and Border Patrol Carelessness are Still Causing Family Separation at the U.S./Mexico Border

On January 31st, 2020, ProPublica published a disturbing account of how the Border Patrol’s heightened legal powers and the agency’s general carelessness have resulted in continued family separations at the southern border. The account that is highlighted in the report paints a very troubling picture of how the Trump Administration is treating vulnerable asylum-seekers.    Families …

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Supreme Court Decision Allows Trump Administration’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule to Take Effect

As reported by CNN, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Trump’s public charge rule to take effect across the overwhelming majority of the country. In a 5 to 4 vote, the court’s conservative majority granted the administration’s request for extraordinary relief.  As a result, the public charge rule is currently effective in …

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Laguna Beach Agrees to Pay $18,750 to DACA Receipt Who Was Unlawfully Turned Over to ICE in Violation of the California Values Act

According to reporting from the ABC 7 Los Angeles, the City of Laguna Beach will pay $18,750 to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a local man who was unlawfully detained and held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Edgar Torres Gutierrez was held for more than a dozen hours by the Laguna …

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Report: Trump Administration Pushing Travel Ban Expansion—Seven Countries May Be Included

According to reporting from KTLA 5, the Trump Administration has drafted plans to expand its travel ban rules to cover seven new countries. If enacted, the new rules could limit both travel options and immigration options for residents of these seven countries. Below, our immigration lawyer in Los Angeles provides an overview of the current …

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Associated Press: American Immigration Courts are Overburdened—“Red Tape Gone Crazy”

On January 16th, 2020, the Associated Press published an important story on the growing burdens and logistical hurdles that are being faced in American immigration courts across the country. As part of its reporting, the Associated Press followed immigration lawyers in 11 different cities throughout the United States, including in Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota. What …

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U Visa Petitions Dropped By 20 Percent in 2019—Activists Believe the Trump Administration is Largely to Blame

Also sometimes referred to as a ‘crime victim visa’, a U visa provides much needed immigration relief to certain crime victims who cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors. The U visa helps to make our communities safer, as it creates a process that allows undocumented immigrants to work with law enforcement without fear of being …

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Appellate Court Ruling: Huntington Beach—and Other Charter Cities—are Not Exempt from California’s Sanctuary State Law

In response to the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and its draconian policies, California became a sanctuary state. Among other things, California provides much needed legal protection to undocumented immigrants by limiting the amount of cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Unfortunately, since the bill was passed, …

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Los Angeles Times: Once a Haven for Immigrants, A City is Turning Against Refugees Under President Trump

On January 9th, 2020, the Los Angeles Times published an important and illuminating story on Bismarck, North Dakota—a relatively small and racially homogenous city that, while once considered to be a haven for refugees from all around the world, has become a much more challenging place for immigrants to live in the era of President …

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For-Profit Prison Company Sues to Block California’s Law Banning Private Immigration Detention Centers

Last Fall, California lawmakers passed a bill banning private prisons, including private immigration facilities. As the law takes effect on January 1st, 2020, one of the nation’s top private prison companies is taking legal action against the state.  According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the GEO Group—the largest private, for-profit immigration detention contractor …

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