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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.

Win for immigration as court grants immigrants job protections

Immigrants come in mass numbers to California, seeking freedom and job opportunities. Unfortunately, many of these undocumented workers live in fear of deportation or workplace discrimination. A recent ruling handed down by the state Supreme Court can be considered a small victory for immigration, as immigrants who use false documents to attain jobs will now be granted job protections.

Several California jails will no longer abide immigration holds

A number of counties across California have recently reported that they will no longer abide by immigration hold requests without a court order. Until now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be able to file detainer requests to county jails, directing them to hold undocumented immigrants past their typical release date. Under the old policy, jails were holding these immigrants for up to an extra 48 hours for ICE.

Family-based immigration reform desired by undocumented residents

Recently, members of Congress met with immigrant activist leaders to have an open and frank discussion about problems facing the undocumented residents in the country. The primary topic related to how immigration policies affect women and children in particular. As women and children represent approximately 75 percent of immigrants in the United States, enacting family-based immigration reform is considered a must for those seeking policy changes; changes, that if made, could greatly affect undocumented women in California.

Military-immigration bill may provide a pathway to citizenship

Immigration policy is certainly a hot topic with U.S. lawmakers. With some pushing for border protection and deportation, others are looking for ways to provide the over 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country a pathway to citizenship. While overwhelming immigration reform has not been reached, smaller steps are being proposed to assist those in this situation, which could positively affect many California residents.

Lack of citizenship doesn't justify unsafe working conditions

One of the leading labor unions in the United States said recently that illegal immigrants should not have to be afraid about speaking out against unsafe working conditions. Leaders of the AFL-CIO say that changes are needed in deportation policies so that people are not afraid to report dangerous work situations -- regardless of their citizenship status. The recommendation was part of a list released recently that offered a look at the union's stand on immigration policies and how they affect the workforce.

Immigration authorities must have probable cause

A citizen of the United States cannot be detained and placed in jail without probable cause. He or she is entitled to certain rights under the constitution. In sharp contrast, some immigration authorities in California as well as other states have made a practice of asking that individuals who are believed to be immigrants be held in jail after they should have been released.

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