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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? [...]

Employers Must Start Using Revised I-9 Form2018-01-30T18:53:26+00:00

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 [...]

Myths & Facts about Undocumented Immigrants and the Economy2018-01-30T18:53:18+00:00

PROP 47 AND NEW DEPORTATION RELIEF

On Tuesday November 4, 2014, California Voters approved Proposition 47, which brings sweeping changes to California criminal law and procedure that will affect thousands of immigrants facing deportation due to pending and prior criminal cases.  The “Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act,” known as “Prop 47,” reduces certain felony and “wobbler” offenses for simple drug possession [...]

PROP 47 AND NEW DEPORTATION RELIEF2019-08-20T17:46:58+00:00

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 Stronger2019-08-20T17:46:41+00:00

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 [...]

Non-Friendly Syrian Refugee States2019-08-20T17:47:09+00:00

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 Kids2019-08-20T17:46:30+00:00

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 [...]

DHS Gives Syrian Refugees 18-Month Extension for U.S. Stay2019-08-20T17:46:51+00:00

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 [...]

CA Hotel Denies Worker Overtime Based on Undocumented Immigrant Status2019-08-20T17:46:17+00:00

FAQs About Immigration Scams: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of an Immigration Scam

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of an Immigration Scam Wherever there are people needing help and willing to pay for it, scam artists can lurk in the shadows, waiting to steal money from unsuspecting, vulnerable people. In fact, scams targeting undocumented people in the U.S. are fairly prevalent, as this group [...]

FAQs About Immigration Scams: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of an Immigration Scam2019-08-20T17:45:50+00:00

A Helpful Guide to Foreign Adoption & the Related Immigration Issues

How to Seek an Immigration Status Change for an Adopted Child from Another Country 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 [...]

A Helpful Guide to Foreign Adoption & the Related Immigration Issues2019-08-20T17:45:37+00:00