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California representation for detainees: New policy may help

California has been in the news for several months now regarding the state's immigration policies. Recently, a city police chief has stated that he wishes to change the policy that forces the city to hold immigrants on low-level crimes. This could be a popular move for immigrants within the state, especially with the difficulty of finding representation for detainees when they are on an immigration hold.

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.

Authorities refuse to release names of deported immigrants

San Diego residents may be interested in a story drawing fire from both sides of the political aisle when federal officials recently declined to provide information about and names of numerous people who had been arrested or deported. Citing privacy concerns, officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to give out the information and stated that due to privacy and other law enforcement reasons, the information requested is not deemed to be public information. The North County Times requested the names and information of people detained for alleged immigration violations via the Freedom of Information Act.

New immigration policy may help young people in San Diego

For many San Diego residents, the fear of being deported once they enter this country as an immigrant is enough to turn many people away from attempting to gain legal citizenship. Now, with a new policy, young immigrants brought to this country as children will be allowed to legally seek work permits and also apply for temporary protection from being deported. Hopefully this new policy will help encourage young people in fear of deportation and removal proceedings to continue to work toward their dream of U.S. citizenship.

13 suspected illegal immigrants found in fake UPS van

Several undocumented immigrants are facing deportation and removal proceedings after being pulled over by Border Patrol agents. The vehicle was said to have aroused suspicion after the driver apparently attempted to avoid a highway checkpoint near the California city of Niland. The van was packed with 13 immigrants, suspected to be illegal. All the passengers in the van will likely be facing deportation and removal proceedings soon.

Deportation and removal proceedings: policy change coming?

There may be upcoming changes to a federal policy about deportation and removal proceedings. The current one allows any undocumented immigrant who has been picked up by law enforcement to be deported, regardless of whether they have actually committed a crime. Changing the federal guidelines about deportation and removal proceedings has the potential to give San Diego immigrants something to look forward to because it may allow those picked up for minor offenses like traffic infractions to avoid immigration issues.

Laotian immigrant faces deportation for telling the truth

San Diego permanent residents may be interested in a current case involving a Laotian immigrant. The man is facing deportation and removal proceedings after making an innocent error: telling the truth. The Laotian immigrant is already a legal and permanent resident of the United States. He came from Laos in the 1970s but did not realize the tough stance the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has on drug convictions. Now, he is facing the possibility of deportation and removal proceedings, regardless of his permanent status within the U.S.

California lawmakers propose bill to protect law-abiding immigrants

Many immigrants living in California and throughout the country know how difficult it can be obtain U.S. citizenship. But it can seem unfair to have the threat of deportation constantly hovering over your head if you work, pay taxes and follow the laws. Some California lawmakers have recognized this and are working to have a new bill put on the November ballot across the state. The proposal, if passed, could affect deportation and removal proceedings for many in our state.

Obama's plan to improve jail conditions for immigrants stirs debate

San Diego readers may be interested in the U.S. House of Representative's Judiciary Committee hearing focusing on reforms made by the Obama administration for the benefit of immigrant detainees. Reports of injuries, deaths and sexual assault led to the administration's action, which primarily targets the treatment of immigrants facing deportation and removal proceedings. Some of the detained individuals complained of health problems that did not receive proper medical care and others were apparently victims of sexual assaults while incarcerated.

Immigrant veterans protest deportation over misdemeanor crimes

Two San Diego war veterans are fighting the immigration process after being threatened with deportation. The brothers served honorably during the Vietnam War, and one was even decorated with a Bronze Star. Now in their 60s, the brothers are protesting against the United States government and fighting to stay in the country. Both men are embroiled in immigration hearings requiring that they mount a vigorous deportation defense just to stay in the country for which they previously placed their lives at risk in going to war.

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