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March 2019 Archives

Immigration courts now using remote interpreters

Most migrants entering the country either speak English as a second language or not at all. Finding a Spanish to English translator is not a problem here in California, but what about hiring someone who speaks K’iche’ from Central America or Creole from Haiti? The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) answer is to use translators who work via phone. Spanish is the lone exception to this rule, but it applies to all other languages. The DOJ cites budget concerns as the reason for doing this.

Young immigrants can seek Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins denied the Trump Administration’s move to dismiss the class action brought by young immigrants abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents. While here in California young immigrants up to age 20 are allowed to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had begun to deny this special status to immigrants as young as 18.

Migration numbers way up

There are a variety of trends involving immigration, but one that stands out is the surge in numbers in four of the last five months. According to the New York Times, the Southwest border is at a breaking point as 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, which generally has lower numbers because of the weather. This 2019 number was more than double of February 2018 and the largest February since 2007. This has led Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol, to declare in a recent statement that, “The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point.”

Who can renew DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been in the news so often that it can be difficult to stay up to date with its current state. It is reasonable for anyone who currently has or has had DACA in the past to be confused.

Judge rules both IVF twins are citizens

Twin boys recently made the national news when it was initially ruled that one was a citizen and the other was visitor. According to various news sources, they are the children of a married gay couple where one father was a U.S. citizen and the other was from Israel. The couple used an anonymous egg donor and chose to use the sperm of one father per egg. A surrogate carried both babies, which were born minutes apart. Initially boy with the Israeli father was granted a visitor visa instead of citizenship.

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