U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") recently published a troubling memorandum that will place more people in removal proceedings. This will be done by USCIS issuing what's known as a Notice to Appear ("NTA"), the government charging document that initiates removal proceedings.
Alameda County Makes Promising Efforts to Protect Immigrants from Deportation," this year has seen an encouraging increase in local efforts to protect immigrant victims of crime and ensure that minor criminal convictions do not lead to the disproportionate punishment of deportation.
As many San Francisco Bay Area residents know, Alameda County, and particularly the city of Oakland, has one of the highest crime rates in California. With over 30% of the county's population belonging to the immigrant community, it is no surprise that immigrants make up a large percentage of victims of violent crimes. While crime is still going strong in Alameda, the local authorities have certainly taken notice that supporting the immigrant community is one of the answers to this problem.