Deportation & Removal Defense

Reduction in unnecessary deportations focus of new state law

Southern California has an incredibly diverse population that includes immigrants from around the globe. Many people moving from other countries to the United States can find the system of deportation a complex one to navigate and work hard to avoid such action or any other immigration violations. Often, the laws are difficult to understand and can also [...]

Reduction in unnecessary deportations focus of new state law

Polish immigrant deported while unconscious

Imagine visiting a hospital in Los Angeles for medical treatment and waking up in another country. Sound like something from a work of fiction? For at least one man who was a former resident of the United States, this nightmare became a reality. The 69-year-old man was deported though a little-known about process called medical [...]

Polish immigrant deported while unconscious

Deportations can affect physical and mental health of children

Anyone that has had a close loved one go away for a length of time knows how hard it can be to say goodbye. Even a small period of separation can lead to stress and anxiety. Now imagine that you are saying goodbye to a loved one without knowing when or if you will see [...]

Deportations can affect physical and mental health of children

Supreme Court rules against automatic deportation for immigrant

Under current immigration laws, if a person commits an aggravated felony in Los Angeles, he or she will be deported. Pretty clear-cut, right? Not entirely. What constitutes an aggravated felony exactly has been called into question, especially in state drug convictions. Currently, a drug offense is categorized into an aggravated felony if the consequences of [...]

Supreme Court rules against automatic deportation for immigrant

Legal permanent resident back in U.S. after being deported

In the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detain 400,000 immigrants each year, many in the Los Angeles area. One of these immigrants who went through deportation proceedings and was recently released after being held for a little over three years is counting his lucky stars that he is once again free to live [...]

Legal permanent resident back in U.S. after being deported

Deported US veterans lose benefits, have few options once removed

Though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not track the number of U.S. military veterans that are deported, it happens all the time -- and according to one such deported veteran who has set up a shelter in Mexico for such people, there are roughly 12,000 deported U.S. veterans. It is a confusing and seemingly [...]

Deported US veterans lose benefits, have few options once removed

Reformed library cards could benefit undocumented immigrants

A proposal by the city of Los Angeles to reform their library cards would give illegal immigrants the ability to use the card to open a bank account, use a debit card, transfer funds (both domestically and internationally) and utilize direct deposit for their paychecks. While this card would not protect undocumented immigrants from deportation [...]

Reformed library cards could benefit undocumented immigrants

Prosecutorial discretion causing confusion for many immigrants

The U.S. immigration policy is not a straightforward area of law -- there are myriad visa applications, endless limitations and provisions, and the laws always seem to be in a state of flux. This can cause an immigrant, whether they are in the country legally or not, to feel uncertain about their status. U.S. Immigration [...]

Prosecutorial discretion causing confusion for many immigrants

Star women’s cross country runner facing deportation

Ayded Reyes attends Southwestern College just outside of San Diego. She is the highest ranked women's junior college cross country runner in the state, a community activist who volunteers her time with the elderly, and still maintains a 3.5 grade point average. By all accounts, she is an outstanding citizen of the United States. The [...]

Star women’s cross country runner facing deportation
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