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Leaving Los Angeles Voluntarily - (https://gplnk.me/2oNe8lF)

The past couple of posts have been about avoiding deportation in Los Angeles. One of the ways we haven't spoken about yet includes voluntary departure.

We rarely, if ever, recommend voluntary departure to our clients, which is unlike most immigration attorneys. The reason other immigration attorneys recommend it is because if you leave voluntarily, you'll have a much better chance of getting back into the United States legally.

Here's the requirements for voluntary departure:

* You can't have a felony on your record
* You might have to pay a bond
* You must leave the country within 120 days
* You must have been in the United States for a year
* You must demonstrate 5 years of good moral character

It's not advisable to apply for voluntary departure unless you actually intend on leaving. If you intend on leaving, you better have a strategy to do so -- it's definitely not our preferred strategy. If you apply for voluntary departure, then choose not to leave, there are serious penalties. It's actually worse to overstay a voluntary departure than to have an order of deportation against you.

If you have an order of deportation against you, call us immediately. We are experienced Los Angeles immigration lawyers!

#Deportation #LosAngeles #immigration #Lawyer
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Stories of immigrants (https://goo.gl/ZkGvMf)

Below are the stories of Basam, Kelly, Jose and Vicky. For the most part, they are victims of a broken system and did not overtly intend to break any laws.

Basam’s family got a visa in Yemen. As the family left, political change was taking place and low-income people were suffering from lack of food and starvation. Conditions only got worse and returning to Yemen was no longer safe.

Kelly’s father was born in Saigon, Vietnam at the end of the American involvement in the country’s civil war. Her grandfather was a soldier for the South in the war and was held and tortured by communists as a prisoner of war. After the war, the grandfather and family opened a business but decided to immigrate to the U.S. to avoid communism. The family settled in San Jose, CA where everyone learned English because it is difficult to survive without the language.

Jose came to this country at age 5. He had what he thought was a normal childhood, going to school and making friends. He didn’t realize how being undocumented could hold him back until he tried to get a job. He has been unable to work or get loans because of his status.

Vicky is a citizen of Scotland who has a child with a resident of New York City. She has had difficulty going in and out of the country trying to have her child have a relationship with her father. She has been denied entry because of a previous overstay due to the father not returning the child on time.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/wYtefE

#Immigration #LosAngeles #Stories
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California is not a country (https://goo.gl/ZkGvMf)

Tucker Carlson is a right-leaning journalist at Fox News. He is known for his abrasive interview style where he likes trying to ‘paint people into a corner’ with their own words. Recently, he had Julissa Arce on as a guest who was defending the University of California decision to cap the out-of-state enrollment of students to the school at 18 percent, while illegal or undocumented California residents were not capped.

Carlson stated that “California was not a country,” it's a state, it's one of 50 of those. Arce, an undocumented immigrant and former Goldman Sachs executive, claimed that Carlson had “a lack of understanding” about the issue and that the University of California had a policy that was designed to help residents of California. She argued that their policy was correct and non-discriminatory.

The argument comes down to this: The University of California admits residents of California without regard to their legal status. For some odd reason, this offends people who do not live in California. The school does not feel that resources should be used trying to identify the place of origin of its students or worry about their legal status.

Read more: https://goo.gl/c8khcr

#California #LosAngeles #Immigration
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Crops go unharvested (https://goo.gl/ZkGvMf)

Farmers have always struggled to find workers to harvest the crops, even when there was a surplus of undocumented workers in the United States. But since the crackdowns on immigrants, food has begun to be left in the fields to rot. Undocumented people don’t want to be in places where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents might typically find them.

Even before Trump’s crackdown, the improving economy in Mexico was keeping many workers at home. The agricultural workers are overwhelmingly people from Mexico. The recent arrests show a pattern of more than doubling the arrests from 2016, causing fear to spread among agricultural workers in California.

Even though the average farmworker makes close to $30,000, according to the Los Angeles Times, most Americans don’t want the jobs. The work is long, hard, hot and leaves long stretches of time for workers that have no pay. U.S. workers only account for 2 percent of all farmworkers, based on a 2016 report by the Labor Department.

Stockton vineyard owner, Jeff Klein says that “Trump deportations are killing our labor force. There are not enough guys, and everybody is fighting for everybody else’s guys”. Ironically, one of Trump’s vineyards in Virginia just applied for six special visas for workers at the farm.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/BcrMXu

#Crops #Immigration #California #LosAngeles
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SCOTUS upholds partial travel ban (https://goo.gl/ZkGvMf)

The Trump administration got a partial win today by having the Supreme Court of the United States agree to hear the full case this fall. In the meantime, they partially answered a request by the government to put part of the ban in place. The part that the administration can put into place is that they can refuse to admit those from the counties of Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Iran who have no ‘bona fide” relationship with anyone or any entity in the United States.

At some point in the future, the whole ban could be put into place even though the ban is for 90 days for most visitors and 120 days for refugees for the government to have time to ‘figure out’ travel policy. Ironically, those days will have passed by the time that the case is heard, much less ruled upon.

This time, it is unlikely that the action will set off the kind of chaos that happened after the first travel ban on January 27th. That order resulted in 745 people being detained at U.S. airports with an unknown number worldwide who were not allowed to board planes even if they had a green card. The SCOTUS opinion specifically allows travel for relatives like the case from Hawaii and college students like the case from Maryland that had caused the travel ban to be blocked.

Read more: https://goo.gl/mpM8TK

#Immigration #TravelBan #Trump #SCOTUS
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Politics, Penance, and Posturing (https://goo.gl/ZkGvMf)

Our country has had an immigration problem for many years. We have people who have crossed the border illegally and now live in the United States, most of the contributing to the areas they live in. Many of them have left relatives behind in other countries, some in places where it would be dangerous to return.

On paper, almost everyone will acknowledge that the immigration system that we have is broken. Few (Democrats and Republicans alike) want to do the necessary steps to do what it takes to reduce the demand for cheap labor. The author of the linked article below says that politicians have three reasons they can’t reform the immigration process: Politics, Penance, and Posturing.

The politics in California make it difficult to enforce immigration rules because so many municipalities try to protect its citizens. Because California is 40% Latino, there is a lot of sympathy for the immigrant and not the enforcers.

Donald Trump is an easy target for Democrats to demonize. His lack of understanding of the problems causes him to solve the problem in the most simplified of terms: deportation. Democrats will continue to posture against Trump.

The Democrats are still doing penance for the 3 million people who were deported under Obama and the thousand of children who are now in foster care due to families being divided.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/kS2oTo

#Immigration #LosAngeles #Trump #Democrat
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Trump's New Legislation Promises (https://goo.gl/ZkGvMf)

President Trump was described as ‘typical’ or the ‘real Donald Trump’ at a rally held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night where he stood in front of banners that read, “Promise Made - Promises Kept.”
In his hour-long, rambling speech he seemed to promise to introduce two new pieces of legislation that would have a direct bearing on immigrants.

The White House did not respond to requests for more information that the president promised would be “coming soon.” Trump said that those coming to this country should not get welfare benefits for at least five years and that those seeking admission to our country should “be able to support themselves financially.”

The problem with both of these requirements, or something similar to them, already exist. Legislation backed by then-President Bill Clinton called the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996," states immigrants are "not eligible for any federal means-tested public benefit" for five years beginning when they come into the country. However, the law has exceptions and additional legislation since its passage has also affected eligibility.

The President has also changed his focus on the wall with Mexico, saying that the wall should be a “solar wall” made of solar panels so that “Mexico would have to pay much less money.” Mexican officials have repeatedly said they will not pay for the wall.

Read more: https://goo.gl/HFhU4y

#Trump #Legislation #Wall #Immigration
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Columbia students make demands (https://goo.gl/ZkGvMf)

The recent article in The Blaze chronicles the activities of immigrant students at Columbia University in New York City. The group, “UndoCU” posted a list of thirteen demands from their school that included free health care, protection from immigration by changing their status, subsidized summer housing along with counseling and sensitivity training for all Columbia faculty.

“We refuse to amend or change any of these demands,” the group wrote in a Facebook post last week. “[W]e expect the university to act.”
The group feels threatened by President Trump’s promise to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which allows children brought in by their parents to receive work permits and deferred deportation status. Trump has yet to formally end the program.

Every major college and university require students to have health insurance coverage. If their families are unable to provide the coverage, the schools provide a policy and add the fees to their bill. The students are unhappy about paying the fees.

When looking at the demands from these Ivy League students, they really aren’t surprising. Entitled students clearly aren’t limited to those who are here legally. What is surprising is the responses at the end of the article. Almost no one had sympathy for the students.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/HjXH8g

#immigration #Columbia #LosAngeles
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Crime reporting is down (https://goo.gl/5VMqoo)

The very problem that immigration advocates feared would happen is coming to pass. The threat of deportation, in theory, causes documented and undocumented immigrants to be hesitant to talk to police. Police in major cities all across the country are now reporting that this is the very thing that is happening.

In Los Angeles, Police Chief Charlie Beck says sexual assault reports have dropped by 25 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to last year among Hispanics in the city. A new survey finds that immigrants are fearful of going to testify at courthouses or calling the police because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials may arrest them.

Palmira doesn’t want her last name used because she is an undocumented worker from Guanajuato, Mexico. She cleans houses and babysits and lives in Houston with her two teenage daughters. She describes how drug dealers in her apartment complex get into fights and she sees their customers come all times of day and night. She won’t report them because she is afraid of being taken away. She says that she’s always been afraid of police but now she’s even more scared.
According to the University of Illinois at Chicago, only 45 percent of Latinos will report a crime to police, mainly due to fear of deportation.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/1FYedZ

#Crime #Immigration #Deportation
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Dying in custody (https://goo.gl/3r4H1q)

Dying in Custody may sound like an anomaly or some far-fetched conspiracy theory, but the facts show that 141 immigrants died between 2003 and 2013 according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) own internal records. With condition reportedly worsening in detention facilities, it is expected that the death rate will climb.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility where your loved one died should make every effort to contact you. However, facilities are terrible about communicating with families, and you may not get notified. If you suspect that your loved one died in ICE care, please contact an attorney. You have the right to claim the body even if your loved one was facing deportation or criminal prosecution.

If you believe that there was negligence or misconduct that contributed to the death of your loved one, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the facility where your loved one died. Many of the facilities are run by private, for-profit corporations and getting information may be difficult. To fully understand the problem, all one has to do is look at Correct Care Solutions, one of the largest private corporation prison companies in the nation. There are over 200 wrongful death cases pending in at least 30 different states.

At the Law Office of Joshua L. Goldstein, PC, we care about you and your rights, and we serve families throughout Southern California. Please do not hesitate to call for help at (213) 514-8870.

#Immigration #Deportation #LosAngeles
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