Family Immigration

Mandamus Actions: The Last Resort

Although the volume of newly-filed applications for benefits is down at the USCIS, the processing times for some applications pending at the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) are longer than ever before.  The USCIS holds a monopoly over all immigrants applying for green cards, citizenship and other applications, since the USCIS is the only [...]

Mandamus Actions: The Last Resort

What To Do If ICE Comes Calling – Know Your Rights!

Immigrant Rights Protecting California Immigration Attorney 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, the Obama Administration focused on [...]

What To Do If ICE Comes Calling – Know Your Rights!

Removal Proceedings Under President Trump – What To Do

How to Deal with Removal Proceedings in the Trump Era Under the Trump Administration, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been ramping up prosecution of removal proceedings against non-citizens at record rates. Many of the arrests and the removal proceedings that ensue have come about as a result of worksite raids, detention of [...]

Removal Proceedings Under President Trump – What To Do

Trump Finally Admits ‘U.S. Needs Immigrants’

While President Trump’s administration seems to be doing damage control with Honduran refugees seeking asylum in the United States, and also trying to get a border wall built, did he have some kind of epiphany about the practicality of accepting certain immigrants? It appears the answer to that question is an unequivocal, YES! President [...]

Trump Finally Admits ‘U.S. Needs Immigrants’

The End of the DACA Program: What Dreamers Need to Know

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the phase out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since 2012, this Obama-era program has provided a means for young undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to obtain work permits, driver’s licenses and renewable deportation deferments. The end of the DACA program, however, will [...]

The End of the DACA Program: What Dreamers Need to Know

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 [...]

CA Grants State-Funded Health Care to Undocumented Immigrant Kids

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Immigrants Said to Make CA Stronger

A Helpful Guide to Foreign Adoption & the Related Immigration Issues

Adopting a child from a foreign country is becoming more of a mainstream practice in the U.S. In fact, last year, well over 5,600 children from foreign countries were adopted by Americans and brought into the U.S. This makes foreign adoptions nearly as popular as domestic adoptions. That being said, however, the process of adopting a child [...]

A Helpful Guide to Foreign Adoption & the Related Immigration Issues

Toddlers Can Represent Themselves in Asylum Cases, Judge Rules

When it comes to detaining undocumented and sometimes unattended toddlers or young children coming into the U.S., there has been some backlash, particularly when it comes to the possibility that young children will be confined in a prison-like setting. That is reportedly one of the reasons why U.S. District Judge Jack Weil issued a startling [...]

Toddlers Can Represent Themselves in Asylum Cases, Judge Rules