Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

California deportation and removal proceedings: Good news on hand

There may be good news in the works for California immigrants who are detained by immigration authorities. Faced with the possibility of deportation and removal proceedings, immigrants who are preparing to fight their deportations may soon be released on bond. A California federal judge requested that government officials hold hearings for detained immigrants in order to see if they should be given bond on a case-by-case basis.

This could help immigrants who have been detained by immigrations officials for a period of six months or longer. The preliminary injunction can be viewed as a way to ensure that immigrants are not left languishing in a jail cell while awaiting deportation and removal proceedings. As a result of the judge’s action, a hearing will soon be scheduled to determine if detained immigrants could be released while awaiting hearings in their individual cases.

Current federal law mandates that immigrants be detained if they are deemed a flight risk, pose a danger to the community, or if they are charged with crimes serious enough to warrant mandatory detention. However, immigrants involved in civil cases do not appear to have the same rights as those detained on serious criminal offenses. Many times they are not taken before a judge to see if they can receive bond, and so they end up being detained for long periods of time. The judge’s ruling could ensure that immigrants are not detained for long periods without having their cases reviewed by a court. Detained immigrants have no entitlement to receive a court-appointed attorney and often cannot access legal help, even when seeking asylum in the United States.

Deportation and removal proceedings can be overwhelming for detained immigrants in California, including those who are held on minor law violations as well as those who are in the country illegally. This federal judge’s ruling could allow immigrants the ability to be released as they attempt to fight the charges against them. In addition, this type of legal change could be viewed as a positive step towards ensuring that immigrants in this country are treated fairly.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Good news for detained immigrants,” Sandra Hernandez, Sept. 15, 2012


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