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.
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.