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Justice Department halting legal advice program for immigrants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a temporary halt for a program that offers legal assistance to detained foreign nationals facing deportation. The Justice Department halted the program until an audit for cost effectiveness is complete.

California and Trump battle it out over immigration

In an attempt to get California to comply with the new deportation demands, the Trump administration is utilizing what some might call “extreme” measures. The Department of Justice wants to label three of The Golden State’s immigration laws as invalid. Officials within the organization claim that these specific laws are being reviewed because they overtly interfere with federal immigration law. Further, these laws are considered to be unconstitutional as they go against the supremacy clause which gives federal law power over state legislation.

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.

Trump administration aims to end DACA via Supreme Court

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been a thorny issue for the Trump administration. The program, which allows undocumented immigrants who’ve been in the U.S. since childhood to remain, has proven difficult to do away with. DACA’s popularity, coupled with its seemingly impervious position to legal challenges, has made it a contentious issue for an administration that has repeatedly sought to dismantle it.

Trump’s plans to end DACA involve a border wall

This fall, the Trump administration officially announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Last week, the president and Republican lawmakers were attempting to come up with a solution for the undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. An agreement on funding and a permanent replacement plan for DACA youth needs to be reached by January 19, 2018.

Federal inquiry finds significant issues at ICE detention centers

A federal investigation of four detainment centers used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) found immigrant treatment lacking. The centers from the investigation were in California, Georgia, New Jersey and New Mexico.

US will collect social media information from immigrants

There is no shortage of immigration news in recent months. In late Sept., the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a policy to review social media and online usage by immigrants with personal residency status and even some naturalized citizens. The data collection begins on Oct. 18.

1m driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants expected by EOY

In 2013, AB 60 was enacted into law. This bill allowed undocumented immigrants in California to get a driver’s license. The law went into effect on January 1, 2015. In just three years, we may be about to hit a major milestone.

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