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Study shows deportation defense odds improve with an attorney

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.

Assistance with green cards open to immigrants in California

Those who have already obtained a green card know that getting one is not necessarily an easy task. There is a lot that must be accomplished before this much desired legal document is granted to immigrants here in California or elsewhere. Those wishing to obtain permanent residency status must meet certain requirements in order to qualify. To ensure all these requirements are met, professional assistance with green cards is available to help make this desire a reality.

Immigration holds down in California jails

In a previous  immigration lawblog.com/2014/06/several-california-jails-will-no-longer-abide-immigration-holds.shtml">post we discussed how jails in multiple counties in California were refusing to hold immigrants for federal authorities. Assembly Bill 4, which prohibits local law enforcement agencies from holding immigrants who are considered non-violent offenders, took effect in January of this year. With this new law, the number of immigrants turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has dramatically decreased compared to years previous, with more jails refusing to abide by immigration hold requests.

Changes to California immigration laws regarding public services

California, like other states, has certain immigration laws in place to protect both citizens and legal immigrants. These laws, however, have seemed by many as unfair in the treatment toward undocumented immigrants. One of these laws was recently revised and parts were stripped from the books after Governor Jerry Brown signed new immigration legislation earlier this month.

Certain conditions exist for gaining derivative citizenship

There are a number of ways to gain citizenship status, depending on your background. For children who were born out of the country, an application for derivative citizenship may be required to receive an official certificate of citizenship. Regardless of a person's location, whether that is in California or elsewhere, certain requirements must be met before derivative citizenship can be approved.

California Immigration: Voluntary return system reform

Well over a year ago, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of several immigrant rights organizations and individual plaintiffs. The purpose behind this lawsuit was to seek changes to the voluntary return process that is widely used in California to send immigrants back to their native country. Many believe this voluntary return process denies immigrants their right of receiving a fair immigration hearing.

Moving family members to the U.S. -- can I do it?

A major concern for many immigrants in California is the ability to keep their families together. For some, this involves eventually moving family members to the U.S. who may have had to stay behind in their native country for the time being. With the desire to start a new family life in this country, those in this situation may wonder what they can do to get the proper clearance required to bring their family back together.

How can I get a removal of conditional residence status?

Many immigrants moving to California are granted a conditional residence status. This status can be granted for a few reasons, but is often granted to married couples which allows families to remain together. When this status is admitted, a green card is issued that is valid for two years. There is then a 90-day window in which a petition can be filed for the removal of conditional residence status.

Immigration courts overwhelmed with cases

Currently, the United States has a population of over 11 million undocumented immigrants living all over the country, with many more here on visas for work, school or via green cards. Courts nationwide are seeing a backlog of immigration cases, all that require time to ensure these individuals are being granted fair proceedings. Immigrants in California are seeing the effects of slow processing and some wait years before their cases can be heard.

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