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What to Do if ICE Comes Calling – Know Your Rights!

What to Do if ICE Comes Calling – Know Your Rights! With the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already been ramping up arrests of non-citizens at record rates. While ICE arrested and deported more people under President Obama than his predecessor, [...]

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Myths & Facts about Undocumented Immigrants and the Economy

Our country is poised to get a brand new administration at the beginning of the year, and with it may come sweeping changes – many of them may be bad for undocumented immigrants. But are undocumented immigrants really responsible for lower wages and in effect taking jobs away from natural born citizens? The focus of [...]

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Employers Must Start Using Revised I-9 Form

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department recently released a revised “Employment Eligibility Verification” version of Form I-9. The newly revised I-9 form (dated 11/14/2016) must be used beginning Jan. 22, 2017, whereas employers can continue using the older version I-9 form dated 03/08/2013 until then. So, What Changes are Coming to Form I-9? [...]

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Federal Govt. Publishes Final Rule on Foreign Workers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tweaking its regulations related to immigrant and nonimmigrant worker visa programs to aid those workers with more opportunities and for more transparency. The latest revision is intended to benefit high-skilled foreign workers and employers participating in worker visa programs to make it [...]

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CA Weighs Federal Aid or ‘Sanctuary City’ with Regard to Immigrants

A line has been drawn in the sand, so to speak, and California lawmakers must make a critical decision: Enforce the laws on the books that would require local city, county and state law enforcement agencies to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials with regard to immigrants charged and/or convicted of crimes [...]

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CA Hotel Denies Worker Overtime Based on Undocumented Immigrant Status

It pays to know your state’s labor laws. Just ask Ramon, who was mistaken by a former employer for an immigrant. He filed a lawsuit against a California hotel after they allegedly retaliated against him for wanting to take breaks that he wasn’t getting under the California labor code. “I look Mexican, so they figured [...]

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DHS Gives Syrian Refugees 18-Month Extension for U.S. Stay

In a seemingly controversial move given the current presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security announced on August 1 that it was extending Syrians’ rights to stay living in the U.S., if they apply for temporary protected status (TPS) preventing them from possible deportation. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended the existing TPS [...]

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CA Grants State-Funded Health Care to Undocumented Immigrant Kids

The ‘American Dream’ just got a little brighter for California’s undocumented immigrant children, who will now be able to sign up for the state’s health care program dedicated to poor and immigrant children — Medi-Cal.1 "While Congress remains gridlocked with stereotypes and hateful rhetoric, California remains as a hopeful beacon that tells people, 'Immigrants, you [...]

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Non-Friendly Syrian Refugee States

There’s always some truth in old aphorisms, like “there’s always a rotten one in the bunch.” It also seems to be a good metaphor for what happened in the Paris shootings and bombings that occurred November 13, 2016, when suspected ISIS terrorists killed 130 and wounded hundreds more. That tragic event sparked so much concern [...]

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Immigrants Said to Make CA Stronger

State civic leaders, theologians, law enforcement, education, and business leaders took a bold stand against deportation Tuesday, March 8, 2016, when they presented the highest court in the land a friend-of-the-court brief singing the praises of undocumented workers and urging temporary relief to as many as 5 million immigrants who currently live and work in [...]

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