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Where the Major Presidential Candidates Stand on Immigration

“Immigration has always been a strength in this country.” Kirsten Gillibrand ~ Sen-NY

Whoever becomes President in 2020 will face many challenges when it comes to the issue of immigration. The left, right and center have all agreed that the system as it exists is in need of reform but there is no consensus on what reform is needed and how those changes will be implemented. But where do the major Democratic candidates stand – and there are more than 20 of them – on the issue of immigration? Here is a brief look at where some of the major candidates stand on this thorny issue.

  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: Sanders’ views on immigration are relatively progressive as you might imagine. He supports DACA and a path to US citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently residing within the United States. In the Senate, Sanders voted against defunding sanctuary cities and has called family separation at the border “heartless and cruel.”
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris: Harris, a former DA, has expressed support for DACA but has been criticized by some in her own party for saying that “ICE should exist.”
  • New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Gillibrand has in the past voted to increase funding for ICE but has recently called for abolishing it. She is also a DACA supporter.
  • Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: Castro – a second generation immigrant – supports a path to citizenship for law-abiding, undocumented immigrants, is against Trump’s border wall and regularly criticizes the President’s immigration policies. However, he does not support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker: Booker supports the DREAM Act and has said that the UN has a moral obligation to aid Syrian refugees.
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke: O’Rourke opposes a US-Mexican border wall and has even called for the existing border fence in El Paso to come down.
  • California Rep. Eric Swalwell: Swalwell has repeatedly stated his support for DACA and vehemently opposes family separation.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: The former Vice President is a mixed bag on immigration. On one hand he has supported the Violence Against Women Act. On the other hand, he voted twice for extra fencing to go along the US border with Mexico.
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Warren supports DACA, supports the abolishing of ICE and voted against Trump’s efforts to defund sanctuary cities.

Yes, whoever becomes the next President of the United State, he/she will face the challenges posed by immigration including problems that that the current President created himself. Whoever he/she may be as an immigration attorney in Van Nuys I will continue to fight for the rights of all people in the US regardless of their legal status. I am also an immigration attorney in Oxnard who will talk with you for free during an initial consultation.


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USCIS will implement a national strategy to decrease differences in processing times based on location for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

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The President’s on Again off Again Flirtation with Mass Deportation

Last week President Trump announced that he would authorize ICE to conduct massive deportation raids that would target as many as 2,000 families across the US. Many of the targets of this latest attack on immigrants reside in 10 US cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. As we have pointed out before on this blog, the current administration makes no distinction between immigrants and asylum seekers whose return to their native countries could put their lives in peril. This action is further proof of that fact. For example, asylum seekers from countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador say that they are here to escape deadly groups such as MS-13 who have targeted these refugees. The President made this announcement last week but now appears to be walking back his threat – a bit. On June 22, the President tweeted that he would delay the planned mass deportations for two weeks to give legislators time to discuss border solutions.

Cities in Defiance

However, just as attorneys such as me have taken a stand against the current administration’s immigration policies, so too have Mayors, officials of certain cities and even police departments. For example, the mayor of Chicago -Lori Lightfoot – has openly defied Trump’s deportation threat. She has stated that neither she, nor the Chicago Police Department will cooperate with ICE. (Illinois is one of the nation’s seven sanctuary states along with along with California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.) Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock tweeted on June 21st, “#Denver will always stand w/ families fleeing violence & do whatever we can to prevent the inhumane practice of family separation. We’re an inclusive, compassionate & welcoming city. Threats from this WH – which are only a distraction from its failures – won’t weaken our resolve.”

That is the good news amidst a climate of growing uncertainty and fear among those who only seek to escape persecution and who wish to share in the American dream. The other good news is that there is still a legal framework that immigrant can access. However, it takes experienced legal counsel to help people who face deportation. As an immigration lawyer in Van Nuys I can tell you that I and many of my colleagues will not give up the fight until the immigration system is fairer and more compassionate despite the President’s efforts to make it otherwise. I am attorney Erika Roman and I will talk with you for free.trump


Immigration Bail Bond Facts and Myths

It can be heartbreaking when a friend or relative is detained over their immigration status especially given all that we hear and see in the media about how some detainees have actually died in custody. Thus, it becomes important to be able to sort fact from fiction when it comes to what happens when an immigrant is detained and how his/her release may be possible by posting bond. With this post I will attempt to explain some facts about the bond process and debunk some myths as well.

What is a bond?

A bond is what ICE asks for as a guarantee that the person they are temporarily releasing will appear for all hearings. When a bond is posted, you are promising that you will attend all hearings as scheduled and on time. In the case of immigration hearing – which is quite different from a regular bond hearing – you face the risk of deportation. If you miss a hearing, a warrant may be issued and you will likely be deported. In this case the bond will be forfeited.

Facts and Myths about Immigration Bonds

Myth: Aliens are relieved of their bond obligation after showing up at their first court date.

Fact: This is simply not true. A person released on an immigration bond is required to attend all subsequent immigration related proceedings.

Myth: All bonding companies are the same.

Fact: Posting a bond for an immigrant varies greatly from bond posted for a citizen. Therefore, you need someone who is knowledgeable about immigration bonds if you or a loved one has been detained. As an immigration attorney in Oxnard I have experience navigating the labyrinthine immigration system.bail bonds


Myth: Not showing up will prevent you from being deported.

Fact: The opposite may actually be true. It is never a good idea to skip a hearing for any reason. If there are special circumstances that may prevent or delay your appearance then you should discuss it with your attorney. Otherwise, you miss court hearings at your own risk.

In short, if you or a loved one has been detained you must act quickly. The immigration system is not designed to accommodate non citizens. Quite the opposite is true. It can be unfriendly and difficult to navigate without experienced counsel. So if you are asking yourself “where can I find an immigration lawyer near me,” look no further. I am Erika Roman and I am ready to listen to you.