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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.

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.

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