Since Donald Trump became president last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have increased arrests by 42 percent. A recent blitz of deportations have been in the news recounting the stories of long-time U.S. residents who were deported simply because they were undocumented immigrants, even though they never committed a crime while living in this country. For undocumented workers in California and all other states, the prospect of deportation has become a daily worry.
There have been a lot of recent news stories concerning young immigrants and young refugees to California and the rest of the United States. It is worthwhile to point out that the U.S. government does provide protections for young immigrants who are abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents or other custodians. According to the Department of Homeland Security website, if such abuse can be proven, immigrant children may receive Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status.
Many immigrants in California are becoming increasingly nervous about their status in the USA. California has a reputation as a haven for new Americans, but it reasonable to assume, based on current events, that the United States federal government does not share the position of acceptance. This federal attitude is illustrated by a number of high-profile actions by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
There are a number of conditions that people seeking permanency residency in the United States must meet in order to qualify. One of them, according to the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, is to meet certain health requirements. Without being cleared medically, a person cannot become a permanent resident of California or any other state.
Many of those viewing immigration cases in Encino from an outside perspective may think that the principles governing them are fairly black-and-white. After all, one is either here legally, or he or she is not. Yet that may rarely be the case. Oftentimes, people who took the appropriate steps to enter the United States legally may later have their motives questioned. The problem in pursuing such cases is that while the parties involved are awaiting a resolution, years may pass, during which time the immigrants may establish family and community ties that are not easily severed. Introducing such a human element into an immigration case may make ruling fairly on it even more difficult.
As many familiar with the process of obtaining work visas in California are likely to attest, the process of becoming a legal permanent resident is seldom straightforward. This is due, in part, to the large amount of legislation governing immigration, not only to the state of California, but the entire nation. The Immigration and Nationality Act is one such document, and it has had lasting ramifications for those wishing to pursue jobs in the land of opportunity.
California citizens, immigrants and residents have every right to be updated by reports of the current administration's position on sanctuary cities— jurisdictions practicing noncooperation with federal immigration agency requests for information or detention of certain individuals. A recent district court decision offers some good news for undocumented residents, immigrants and visa holders residing in the aforementioned jurisdictions, as well as the families of these individuals.
Over the past few weeks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement posted notices on a federal contracting website seeking privately run jails to house some 4,000 immigration detainees. It sought bids for facilities in Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, Salt Lake City and southern Texas, according to USA TODAY.
According to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, only 19 percent of Americans are in favor of deporting Dreamers -- those who are unauthorized in the U.S. only because they were brought here illegally as children. As expected, a large majority of Americans -- at least 60 percent -- prefer to have the Dreamers stay in the U.S. legally.
Although President Trump has declined to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, existing permit holders can still renew their status. If your DACA permit expires before March 5, 2018, the deadline to renew is this Thursday, Oct. 5.