A state budget was recently approved by California’s legislature. The budget is expected to be signed by the governor. It has the potential to have impacts in many areas in the state, including immigration detention.
In the wake of last year's election, one thing many may have wondered is if the U.S. would be seeing big changes in immigration enforcement, such as changes in immigration arrest levels. Recent federal data indicates that such arrests have gone up in the period following President Trump being sworn in.
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Trump's executive order threatening to defund sanctuary areas was just that -- a threat. Rather than issuing an overarching policy of denying all federal funding to cities, counties and states that refuse to play along with the Trump Administration's agenda, the executive order was largely ineffectual, the judge wrote in a 49-page ruling.
If there's one problem with rushing, it's that you might skip things. In the case of rushing through legal processes, the problem is that certain issues may not get their full hearing. That's a real problem when those issues relate to due process or others of our treasured values -- or when the people needing a full, fair hearing are especially vulnerable.
When a person is under immigration detention here in California, there are various hearings that can be very impactful. This includes their initial hearing. Such hearings can deal with a range of complex immigration issues that can have major long-term ramifications for a person. So, when it comes to navigating the initial hearing and other immigration proceedings, an immigration detainee may want the representation of an experienced immigration lawyer.
There are a variety of situations in which a person from a foreign country could end up in immigration detention here in California. One would hope all immigration detention facilities in the state would act properly when it comes to the safety and health of detainees. A recent report raises serious questions about the conditions at a facility here in Orange County.
When a person comes to the U.S. border seeking things such as asylum, they aren’t always coming alone. Sometimes, they come with family members.
Immigration detention is a fear for many people who have come into the country without proper paperwork. Taking a look at the numbers for federal prosecutions shows that this fear isn't without merit. When the fiscal year ended recently, it was noted that more than half of federal prosecutions were for immigration-based issues.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by the Obama administration by executive order, meaning that it could be ended by executive order when the Trump administration moves in on Jan. 20. Considering Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric, many young people who are now benefitting from the program are dealing with fear and uncertainty.
Immigration detainees can vary greatly in their situation. For one, they can differ quite a bit in what legal issues are present in their case and what options they have. Immigration lawyers can help individuals here in California who have been brought into immigration detention with addressing their unique legal situation.