Immigration is, and has been for some time, a hot topic among federal lawmakers. While small steps are taken every so often that improve the lives of undocumented immigrants, sweeping reform is really needed to appropriately help those who desire to make the United States their official home and reduce the fear of deportation. Many undocumented individuals in California are seeing more help than others across the country, but overall, fewer immigrants nationwide seem to be facing deportation and removal proceedings.
Outrage is the general feeling among immigration activists after it was discovered that approximately 7,000 immigrant children received orders to leave the country. While deportation is an issue that affects immigrants across the nation, including many in California, the concern about these deportation orders comes from a lack of proper due process. According to a recent report, these children were allegedly not given the opportunity to defend themselves at their deportation and removal proceedings.
California residents who are faced with deportation and removal proceedings may benefit from understanding the different legal protections available that may help them avoid removal from the country. Several sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.), including section 240A(b) along with several other avenues, provide immigrants with a variety of legal options to help their situation. While fighting deportation is not an easy task, it may give some immigrants comfort to know there are legitimate ways to help avoid it.
There is a relatively large group of immigrants in California, many of whom have constant fears about the possibility of being deported. It is certainly understandable that those facing deportation and removal proceedings may have numerous questions regarding what these proceedings entail. It is important to note that every case is different and laws may vary slightly depending on individual circumstances, but some basic procedures typically apply to most cases.
A man who came to the United States with his mother at age two, and who speaks only English is sitting in an immigration prison while appealing an order for his deportation. And, although his mother became a citizen, his eight younger siblings are all citizens, and his wife of 33 years and their four children were all born in California, he never went through the citizenship procedure. So far, the courts have denied his asylum claim.
There has been a sharp drop in attendance for a deportation waiver class in San Diego that is designed for children and young adults of undocumented immigrants. This program is designed to give the young children of these immigrants the chance at obtaining a temporary waiver from deportation. This immigration class has been slightly controversial from the beginning and has seen lower attendance than originally anticipated.
A California resident is facing deportation and removal proceedings after police responded to complaints about her barking dogs. The woman claims she returned home with her children after grocery shopping and found the police waiting for her. She stated they scolded her about her English skills and when they asked her to show identification, they manhandled her. The police claim the woman became upset and kicked one of the officers, a claim she denies. Any immigrant facing criminal charges may be subjected to deportation and removal proceedings, so it may be in their best interests to request legal assistance as soon as possible.
Great news is being reported for California immigrants and those across the rest of the nation. The federal government has announced a shift in how it apprehends immigrants. The focus has shifted from undocumented immigrants with minor traffic offenses to those who are felons or repeat criminal offenders. The shift in policy could bring a sigh of relief for those worrying about possible deportation and removal proceedings for something as insignificant as a traffic ticket.
California immigrants accused of a crime may have to wait a lengthy period of time before receiving any legal assistance. Sometimes an immigrant could be deported before ever receiving the help they need and in other cases they may have been involved in a crime and could serve as a witness to help in a criminal trial. Either way, many of these people are deported by the United States government before they ever receive the chance to testify or defend their own innocence. Representation for detainees is a right, and now defense lawyers across the country are crying foul at what they perceive to be a grave injustice.
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.