Millions of immigrants are hoping to qualify for the programs offered by President Obama's plan for immigration. Unfortunately, due to a court injunction, the programs outlined in the President's executive order are currently unavailable, and it is unknown if or when they will become available. In response to this injunction, several legislators have come to together and created a pamphlet they seem to believe will provide undocumented immigrants all over the country, including those residing in California, with a suitable deportation defense.
Approximately 10 individuals claim they were coerced by U.S. government officials in southern California into signing orders that expelled them from the country back to Mexico, which may be a violation of their due process rights. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the individuals, indicating that they were denied their right to present a deportation defense to an immigration judge. In Aug. 2014, the U.S. government and the ACLU came to an agreement, which was recently approved by a federal judge.
A recent study released by an immigration-rights group, in conjunction with a Stanford law clinic, has shown that immigrants faced with deportation would greatly benefit from having legal counsel on their side. A deportation defense can be difficult, particularly for someone who may not know the ins-and-outs of the law. Immigrants in California could better their odds of avoiding deportation by being legally prepared to confront the situation.
Increased numbers of immigrants fighting deportation are celebrating success, according to a recent report. California was listed among the states with the best success rates. There are a number of jurisdictions within the country where a immigration lawclinic.com/Family-Based-Immigration/">deportation defense has been successfully implemented for many immigrants.
Believe it or not, the U.S. Congress several years ago passed a provision that requires the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep a minimum of 33,400 illegal immigrants locked up at all times. In California and throughout the country, the average detention cost is $120 per day. This has cost the taxpayers $2 billion per year. The Obama White House recently made budget requests to cut the immigration quota but the U.S. Congress has rebuffed those efforts.
Once you've known the loss of everything in life it's much easier to take risks in the future. Seven illegal immigrants chained themselves to a fence at the White House on Sept. 18 in a protest against deportations of illegal immigrants who had hoped to be legalized by now. This was done as the U.S. House of Representatives contemplated taking up immigration reform. Many calling for immigration reform in California and elsewhere are dedicating their efforts to influence conservatives in the House to act.
The Trust Act is all about a lack of trust between the state and federal governments. The California Senate recently passed the Trust Act and, after another review by the house, the controversial immigration legislation will go to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. It's not definite that he'll sign it because he vetoed it last year. The Act would restrict local police from detaining undocumented immigrants without serious criminal records on behalf of federal immigration authorities.
One nice thing about a vetoed bill is that you can keep coming back until you get it right. That's what's happening in California with the so-called Trust Act, which would limit the circumstances under which local law enforcement offices would work with federal authorities to detain immigrants who are here illegally. The bill would assist in a more humane immigration policy by limiting the current zealous enforcement of deportations.