The state of California often serves as a hub for those wanting to start a new life on American soil. While there are those who only wish to stay for a brief period of time, there are others who truly want to make the United States their new home. Working through the immigration process to make that happen can be a difficult, confusing and emotional experience. An immigration attorney may be able to help make it easier to handle.
For those who wish to gain permanent residency status, there are basically two paths that can be utilized to achieve this goal. One way is to apply for an adjustment of status. The other is to use consular processing. Prospective immigrants, who wish to enter California or other areas of the country, may achieve permanent residency status through consular processing -- if they meet certain eligibility requirements and if the appropriate steps are followed.
The intransigence of the U.S. House of Representatives on the immigration bill has created demonstrations throughout the nation's capital. In California, grass roots groups continue their efforts as state legislation favorable to the immigration reform movement is passed. At the U.S. House, one group of prominent women organizers is joining hands in a prolonged demonstration to tell recalcitrant Congresspersons that women and children are the recipients of the unfairness imposed by current immigration laws and policies.
A new bill is again stirring up the immigration debate in California. The governor is currently considering a bill that would potentially allow area law enforcement the ability to limit their participation in the federal government's Secure Communities program. This program allows immigration officials to place deportation holds on undocumented immigrants who are detained by law enforcement officials. Legal representation for detainees who are in this situation could be a challenge.
Immigration issues are a highly contentious subject. The Obama administration has not earned the best reputation because of its high rates of deportations, and it seems that as an election approaches, officials are getting tougher on their immigration stance. At least that's how it could seem to one California resident, who is being held without bail in an already overcrowded jail system due to his immigration status.