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Immigration report states tough laws do not cause self-deportation

A new report refutes claims that tough immigration laws in certain states cause immigrants to leave the United States and return home. Those who are in the country illegally, whether in California or elsewhere, tend not to head home even when harsh laws are passed, instead choosing to either move where the laws are friendlier or even stay where they are in spite of them.

Immigration process affects children of deported parents

Children of undocumented immigrants living in San Diego can sometimes become lost in the system when their parents are detained or deported. Foreign-born parents of children born in the United States sometimes opt to take their children with them, but many times the children are left with relatives. Occasionally, when parents are deported back to their countries quickly, children can unfortunately wind up in foster care when relatives cannot be located.

California immigrant given humanitarian visa to continue dialysis

A Mexican citizen living in California was deported in November. The man was undergoing dialysis treatment at the time the deportation and removal proceedings were underway. He has since been successful in obtaining a humanitarian visa that allowed him to come back to the United States to receive his treatment.The man lived in Pasadena before being deported to Tijuana, Mexico, last month. Authorities reportedly went to the man's house saying they were looking for someone else. They asked him to step outside so they could inspect his car, but upon exiting the residence the man was arrested by immigration authorities. From that point, deportation and removal proceedings took only six hours.

Deportation defense too late; California man sent to Cambodia

A solid deportation defense came too late for one California man, who found himself put on board of a plane and sent to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in September. Even though the man's citizenship in Cambodia is legal, the man faces hard challenges since he neither knows the language nor has much family there.

California blazes trail for naturalization of 'illegals'

California has blazed the trail in a variety different sectors including immigration, naturalization and acquiring citizenship. Washington D.C.'s announcement not to pursue 'low priority' immigrants for deportation and instead focus on finding and expelling 'illegals' who have been convicted of crimes or pose a threat to national security, was greeted with joy by many illegal immigrants in California.

Deportation defense for gay illegal immigrant married in US

Immigration issues have increased since the legalization of same-sex marriage in a number of states. Gay rights advocates argue that a same-sex marriage should allow an individual the opportunity to apply for a green card just like someone from a heterosexual marriage. One problem is that, while states such as California permit gay marriage, other states do not. Contention arises when a gay individual, who may be subject immigration proceedings, becomes legally married in one state, and later moves to a state that does not yet recognize same-sex unions.

Naturalization ceremony welcomes thousands of new US citizens

This year, the 4th July holiday was more than a celebration of the nation's independence for many immigrants. Naturalization ceremonies, organized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS), were held all over the country. In California, a ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center allowed thousands of people realize their dream of becoming US citizens.

California couple struggles with immigration laws

United States federal law recognizes only marriages between heterosexual couples. This means that homosexual Americans cannot exercise the rights of a married couple, including the right to keep one's spouse in the country after marriage if the spouse is an immigrant. A news story released in California tells the story of a gay married couple, one of whom is an Australian immigrant, fighting to stay together.

Campaigners for fairer immigration laws rally in California

Obtaining U.S. citizenship can be a long and difficult struggle, and many immigrants are threatened with deportation if they do not have the required documentation to stay in the U.S. When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers raid homes and businesses, immigrants can face deportation with no warning. Those arrested by officials can be detained indefinitely and denied access to legal advice. As a result of the government's strict response to undocumented immigrants, a bipartisan rally was held in California recently.

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