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Immigration Detention Archives

U.S. to begin immigrant deportations

According to multiple media outlets, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, announced that it will soon begin deporting thousands of undocumented families in California and nationwide who crossed the southern U.S. border illegally over the last two years. Though the plan is still being finalized, raids could start as early as January and would be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

Legal immigrants and deportation due to convictions

California lawful permanent residents may be subject to deportation and removal proceedings if they are convicted of certain types of criminal offenses. Other minor offenses may not trigger such proceedings, however.

Mentally ill deportees have new chance to return

Some immigrants who were deported after being detained in California, Arizona and Washington may have a chance to return to the United States. To have their cases reopened, the deported immigrants must have represented themselves during their deportation hearings and have a qualifying mental illness that was not discovered in a competency determination.

Fate nears for those seeking aslyum

There are likely some California residents who are interested in the status of refuges who recently entered the U.S. seeking asylum. As of July 14, there were more than 2,170 of these immigrant refuges now possessing asylum claims that are valid according to officials in the federal government. Several human rights advocates have been vocal in protesting against the conditions these refugees are forced to endure inside the average federal detention center.

Bond now an option for families in detention centers

Changes by the Department of Homeland Security may give immigrants in California a better chance at presenting a deportation defense and obtaining asylum. The current detention policy has faced increasing criticism by activists and legislators concerned about the poor conditions at immigration detention centers and the associated costs. The change will provide asylum seekers with a better chance at quick release.

Supreme Court ruling positive for immigrants

California immigrants may be interested to learn that a Supreme Court ruling on June 15 means that individuals whose attorneys mishandle their cases may have another chance on appeal. The ruling dealt with a man who was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico due to be deported after pleading guilty to an assault charge.

Supreme Court decision on Arizona immigration amendment

California residents mat be interested in learning that the Supreme Court on June 1 refused to reconsider an appellate court decision regarding an Arizona constitutional amendment that was passed in 2006. That amendment denied bail to undocumented immigrants who committed felonies in the state. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit had ruled the amendment unconstitutional because it did not make case-by-case determinations.

Crimes, naturalized citizens and deportation

California residents who are naturalized citizens may wonder if they can be deported for a crime committed after their naturalization was approved. Taking away a person's citizenship and deporting them is difficult to do, and in general, it is not possible to do so because of a crime committed after naturalization.

ICE to continue to detain immigrant families

Immigrant families who have crossed the border into California illegally may be interested to learn that federal immigration authorities made an announcement on May 13 regarding family detention. According to the press release, the Obama administration announced that deterrence could no longer be used as a factor when determining whether to detain an immigrant family.

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