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March 2016 Archives

Shifts in immigration trends

Although communities close to California's southern border with may see significant levels of immigration from Mexico, much of the United States' immigration traffic is now coming from Asian countries. Statistics indicate that immigration from Mexico hit its peak in the mid-2000s. By 2014, California's numbers had decreased by approximately 66 percent from 2005 figures. Meanwhile, the state's number of immigrants from China tripled during the same time frame.

How criminal convictions can impact naturalization

California is a very popular state for those who have been granted permanent resident status by U.S. immigration authorities. Green card holders must live in the United States for five years before they can apply for naturalization, and many of them worry that their path to citizenship could be a rocky one if they get into trouble with the law. Permanent residents may be denied citizenship and face deportation agreements if they are convicted of serious crimes like murder or armed robbery, and even seemingly minor drug possession charges could cause them trouble.

Software makes applying for US citizenship easier

Advocacy groups for the path to citizenship across California and the rest of America have been working to streamline and improve the immigration process. Although legislative reform appears to have a difficult time coming to fruition, there has still been much progress from the private sector and among various immigration-related groups. For example, one group has automated the specific immigration application used by many prospective new Americans, thereby reducing the arduous task to a series of questions on a website. This has helped many applicants tremendously with both outreach and enrollment.

Immigration law may affect local law enforcement

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin focusing on so-called sanctuary cities in California and throughout the United States that try to prevent undocumented immigrants from being deported. However, there are concerns that ICE's efforts will undermine the local law enforcement in those cities.

Health care at detention facilities linked to immigrant deaths

California residents may be aware that U.S. authorities have been widely criticized for the conditions at many immigration detention facilities and the treatment of detainees. According to a number of immigrant advocates, detainees have been routinely denied due process and separated from family members, and research conducted by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union has concluded that several detainees have died due to substandard health care.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber