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Immigration and recovering from Northern California fires


As Northern Californians begin to recover from recent fires, many immigrants will face additional hurdles including losing important immigration documents and potentially missing vital appointments. While these problems may not be the same as the loss of life or a home, we have seen clients harmed tremendously by the loss of documents or failure to maintain a current address with immigration agencies. For immigrants who have lost their homes or been forced to relocate, here are some key things to know.

Donald Trump Issues Executive Order Suspending Refugee Program and Entry to US from Certain Countries

On January 27, 2017, Donald Trump issued an executive order regarding immigration and national security. The order temporarily halts all entries of noncitizens from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States for 90 days. The government will then develop new permanent policies that may prohibit individuals from certain countries from entering the United States; however, as of now, it is unclear exactly what these policies will look like and which countries they will affect.

TPS for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone Ending on May 21, 2017: Explore Your Other Immigration Options Now

On September 22, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") announced that it would terminate Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for individuals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone on May 21, 2017. Now is a good time for individuals from these countries who currently have TPS to explore their immigration options before their TPS protection ends next May.

New California Law Will Help Many Avoid Harsh Immigration Consequences Of Drug Possession.

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new California law giving certain immigrants the right to withdraw a former plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) for possession of a controlled substance. To do so, defendants must prove that they successfully completed a deferred entry of judgment program and had their charges dismissed on or after January 1, 1997. They must also show that they will suffer the loss of certain benefits, such as immigration relief, because of the original plea. The law becomes effective January 1, 2016.

Coming Soon: Parole For Certain Family Members of Filipino World War II Veterans

On October 2, 2015, the United States Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") announced that it is currently creating a new parole program that will help certain family members of Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans who are now United States citizens or lawful permanent residents. This program will allow eligible family members to request parole to come to the United States temporarily and provide support and care to our Filipino World War II veterans.

El Noveno Circuito invalida "el límite de salida reglamentaria"

El mes pasado, el Noveno Circuito sostuvo en Toor v. Lynch que alguien que no es ciudadano todavía puede hacer algo para reabrir o reconsiderar su proceso de deportación después de haber salido de los Estados Unidos voluntariamente mientras que los procedimientos estén todavía pendientes.

Delays in DAPA and expanded DACA: What do we do now?

As discussed in this blog over the past several months, the Obama Administration has been working to implement an expanded Deferred Action program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and a new program to grant deferred action to certain eligible parents of U.S. citizens (DAPA). For a brief explanation of these two benefits, click here.

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