With a new presidential administration in place, many changes are impacting immigrants and their family members throughout California. Changing laws, new enforcement procedures and an increased focus on deportation has heightened the fears of many. Unfortunately, this fear breeds opportunists who would seek to take advantage of vulnerable populations in our state and throughout the U.S.
Whether you are just applying for DACA, an H-1B Visa, permanent residency, a green card for employment reasons, or you have an immigration issue due to a delayed or denied application, contact The Law Offices of John R. Alcorn, an Irvine, California immigration attorney. We will help you file your initial immigration documents or will help you with issues with your open case.
The tumult of the results of the 2016 presidential election has many immigrants worried about the future of their status in the U.S. In California, laws and protections for immigrants have been strong for decades, and state officials are voicing their resolution to keep them that way. One area of concern is state data that could potentially be mined for information about unauthorized immigrants.
For over 160 years, California has been the land of opportunity. People from all over the planet have been drawn here to work. Temporary visas, also known as non-immigration visas, allow individuals to work in the U.S. for a specific time and generally for a specific employer.
With the recent election of Donald Trump as the next United States President, fear among immigrants has sky-rocketed. California hosts more than 10 million foreign-born residents, more than any other state in the union. Therefore, this situation hits home for immigrants and their family members and friends all across the state. But there is some good news, because many California officials have voiced their support of immigrants in this state, and promise to fight deportations.
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.
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.
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.
Deportation is an event that many people living in California anticipate with dread for months or years. Your family may be among the many facing the deportation of a loved one.
Both non-permanent and lawful permanent residents may be subjected to deportation and removal proceedings in some cases. It is possible for both to apply for a cancellation of removal if certain criteria are met.