Monthly Archives - December 2018

Deportable Offenses for Green Card Holders

Green card holders can lose their permanent residency status for a number of reasons. For even though the card and the status grants the possessor to many of the rights of any other citizen, deportation is the one thing that green card holders can face that American citizens cannot. So, it is in the best interest of anyone who possesses a Green Card to know some of the reasons this card can be revoked.

  • Vote as a supposed US citizen: We’ve heard a lot in the news lately about voter fraud which actually happens less often than many people believe it does. However, as a Green Card holder you must be careful not to even represent that you can vote in US elections. When renewing your driver’s license, for example, be sure to let officials know that you cannot vote as a US citizen.
  • Commit a crime: There is a whole host of crime you cannot commit as a Green Card holder, including non-felonies that can cause you to lose your permanent resident status. Some of these offenses include smuggling, fraud, aggravate felonies, the possession or trafficking of controlled substances etc.ice
  • Conditional permanent residents: failure to meet conditions: As a green card holder you are required to meet certain conditions of your residency. If you fail to do so you can be deported.
  • Crimes of moral turpitude: According to US Immigration law these include but are not limited to murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, rape, spousal abuse, child abuse, incest, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, mayhem, mayhem, animal fighting, etc.
  • Failure to complete a timely change of address form: When you change your address, you must report this change to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within ten days. This may seem like a very minor thing but it can lead to deportation just as quickly as major offenses can.

If you feel that your legal residency may be endangered at any point while you are in the US then you should call an attorney right away. If you are residing in Van Nuys you should call an immigration attorney in Van Nuys. I handle immigration rights in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas with discretion and can help to strengthen your case. Note: There is a process for renewing a Green Card after an arrest but you will definitely need an attorney to help you do this.

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The Current War against Legal Immigration

In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson began to set the framework for what would be known as “The War against Poverty”. Since and before then other Presidents have championed various initiatives using the resources of the United States. President Trump may well be remembered as the president who waged an out-of-control, savage war against immigration both legal and illegal. We’ve seen the manifestations of his war against illegal immigration but many people are unaware of his war against legal immigration. Here is what he is doing on that front.

  • The Immigration Ban: The starkest example of Trump’s War on Legal Immigration is his infamous travel ban for majority Muslim countries like Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Somalia. Experts say that there has been an 81% drop in the number of legal immigrants arriving from those countries since, the end of the second fiscal year under Trump.
  • Trump or 200,000 Salvadorans to leave the U.S. At the beginning of this year, the Trump administration said it was ending its temporary residency permit program which gave 200,000 Salvadorans temporary legal immigration status.
  • Limiting asylum: There has long a distinction between immigrants and asylum seekers. In general, immigrants enter the country of their own volition even though they may be fleeing adverse economic conditions in their native countries. Asylum seekers are usually fleeing their country to avoid imprisonment or even the threat of death.
  • Refugee program: This administration has severely limited the admission of refugees from countries that are undergoing a surge in migration due to war. Trump managed to halt the Refugee Resettlement Program for seven months in 2017. Once it re-started the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would do extreme vetting for the people using the program.
  • Fewer Visas: During 2017, the U.S. approved 559,536 foreigners for legal permanent residence (known as a green card. This was a 9% drop from the previous year. The decline in the number of approved Visas continues.
  • The end of DACA: The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains active only due to judges who have ruled against the current administration’s legal reasoning for ending it.immigration ban

To what lengths will this administration go in reducing legal immigration? That is for the courts to decide. It is also up to citizens to decide using the power of the vote. As an immigration attorney in Van Nuys, I will continue to fight on the side of immigrants and Americans who support the right of all people to seek a better life. For immigration rights in Los Angeles, I am here to empower these people.

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2018 ICE Raids: A Year in Review

The year 2018 is quickly coming to a close and people are gathering together their “year in review” lists for all kinds of topics. This being the case, we decided to look at a subject that has tested the resolve of immigration attorneys such as myself and stretched the very limits of our constitution – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its raids. Here are few of the more prominent raids ICE has conducted during the soon to be old year.

  • June 19, 2018 – ICE arrests 146 in Salem, Ohio: ICE can descend on a neighborhood like locusts and change the entire character of the local community when it does. In this case, ICE’s actions – which many are calling the largest raid of its type – caused local businesses to suffer. It caused churches and advocates to scramble in order to help immigrants who were affected by the militarized action. It has also lessened the strength of the local workforce by removing many who contributed to the community through their labors.
  • July 25, 2018 – ICE arrests 65 in New York City and Long Island: Sixty-five people were arrested over five days as a result of this raid for violating immigration laws. Arrestees included nationals from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and Ukraine
  • August 9, 2018 – ICE Apprehends 133 Foreign National Workers in Nebraska and Minnesota: This raid is one of the largest to have occurred last year and affected dozens of businesses and managers.
  • September 26, 2018 – ICE Arrests 98 Foreign Nationals in North Texas and Oklahoma Areas: This operation occurred over a 10 day period. Twenty-nine of those arrested illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported. This is felony.ice
  • December 7, 2018 – ICE Arrests 105 in New Jersey Enforcement Action: The individuals arrested in this raid were from the following countries: Brazil (6), Canada (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica (1), Cuba (2), Dominican Republic (10), Ecuador (4), Egypt (1), El Salvador (8), Guatemala (13), Honduras (7), Jamaica (4), Korea (2), Mexico (28), Peru (4), Philippines (1), Poland (1), Russia (1), Serbia (1), Slovakia (2), Spain (1), Taiwan (1), Trinidad (1), and Venezuela (4)

This is just a small sample of the actions taken by ICE against immigrants this year. It is important to remember that although things seem dire for immigrants due to the current administration’s views on immigration, all is not lost. Even if you are detained by ICE, you still have rights. As an immigration attorney in Van Nuys, I represent people who find themselves confronted by this powerful machine. So if your immigration rights in Los Angeles are violated, you will be able to find help here or wherever you live.

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How to Know Whether or Not you Need an Immigration Attorney

Immigration laws are some of the most complex laws on the book. What’s more, these laws are fluid and change on a regular basis as old laws are challenged and new ones come into effect. If you need legal representation you should consider how long it takes an expert to be able to navigate the morass of immigration laws. You should consider what may be at stake should you wave your right to have an advocate on our side. But how do you know when you need an attorney? Here are some examples of when retaining an attorney is the right idea.

  • Looking for a green card: The rules regarding applying for and receiving a green card are complex. What’s more is there are deadlines involved that an attorney would know more about than a lay person.
  • US citizen application: Although the process of applying for citizen is fairly straightforward and does not necessarily require an attorney’s help, complications can arise. For example, if you are applying for citizenship shortly after receiving a green card through marriage, problems with child support or alimony, or quitting your job shortly after receiving your green card through work you may wish to consult an attorney.
  • Travel visa application: There is paperwork, language barriers and special circumstances that some applicants face can be challenging when applying for a visa. It is therefore a good idea to consult with an attorney who can handle the red tape.
  • Notice of deportation receipt: In this case, you should definitely consult with and seek the legal representation of an immigration attorney. An attorney will be able to determine which motions he/she can file to delay or reverse the deportation order.
  • Investigation of resident status: You should not take this move by the government lightly especially in view of how stringent immigration laws have become in the last few years. If you or someone you love are the subject of such an investigation don’t take any chances. Hire an attorney. He/she will be able to protect your rights and explain to you in detail what is happening.immigration

In all of the above instances and others, you may wish to consult with an immigration attorney if you feel that your rights are being violated or that actions by governmental officials could negatively impact your status as a resident of the United States. Don’t let immigration officials or the police talk you out of getting legal help if you feel that a lot is at stake. They do not represent your best interest. We do. As an immigration attorney in Van Nuys, I can take you through the process, help you fill out paperwork, file motions and gather together any evidence you need to make your case before the government. Immigration rights in Los Angeles are best served when people like you consult with experts who have the experience and compassion needed to navigate the system.

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