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February 2018 Archives

US Citizenship agency removes “nation of immigrants” from mission

For decades, the mission statement of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services referred to the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants.” This was a reference to the country’s long history as a destination for immigrants from all over the world who wanted a chance at a better life.

Asylum applicant arrested at his own hearing

In a move that his attorney deemed unprecedented, an asylum seeker was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his very own asylum hearing. After a two-hour-long hearing in San Francisco, the Sudanese national was apprehended by several ICE officials at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.

ICE retaliates against sanctuary cities with court raids

Immigrants often suffer an undeserved reputation in America as being criminal or dangerous. The truth is that many immigrants just want a peaceful life for themselves and their family. However, immigration enforcement has grown increasingly harsh.

ICE raids on courthouses confuses “immigrant” with “criminal”

While one in every three Latinas have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime, one of the biggest reasons they do not come forward is fear of deportation. Last week federal immigration authorities formalized a policy that allows deportation agents to enter federal, state as well as local courthouses to make arrests. Advocacy groups along with judges allege that this type of immigration tactic instills fear among crime victims, witnesses and community members.

Exploring green card options for immigrant entrepreneurs, part 2

In our last blog post, we addressed a few ways that immigrant entrepreneurs can seek permanent residence in the United States. Specifically, we looked at the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which offers a visa to entrepreneurs who can pledge a significant investment and job creation, and the EB-1A Extraordinary Ability program for entrepreneurs who have rare and exceptional abilities.

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