Calif. Governor Brown Signs California DREAM Act

"Taking action to expand educational opportunity to all qualified students, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Saturday signed the California Dream Act. AB 131, authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) allows top students who are on the path to citizenship to apply for college...

California Bucks E-Verify Trend

"Over this past weekend, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law Assembly Bill 1236 “the Employment Acceleration At of 2011,” which effectively nullifies the growing patchwork of E-Verify laws, requirements and ordinances which have sprouted up all over the state ...

Pre I-9 Audit Planning: Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best (Part 1 of 2)

"An employer’s first task is to identify the worst possible outcomes of an audit based upon the employer’s individual company characteristics. The best way to do this is to sit down with experienced audit counsel who can assist in developing the worst case scenario list. If there...

Stokes Interview Preparation: Cartoon by Jan H. Brown, Esq.

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Immigration Trends to Watch in 2013 – Part 2

" In Part 1 , I looked at the Employment Based trends to watch in 2013, including the H-1B Cap, EB-2 and EB-3 backlogs as well as the possibility of backlogs in EB-5. With the unemployment rate ticking slowly down and signs of life returning to the economy, pressure on employment based visas will...

Jan H. Brown on EB-1 Performers

"Remember, it is easier if the person is a big fish in a small pond to establish extraordinary ability than it is for a smaller fish in a bigger pond. Each field of specialization is its own universe." - Jan H. Brown, May 5, 2013 .

California OKs Driver Licenses for Immigrants

"California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses — a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in front...

Cal. Gov. Brown Signs Immigration Bills

" As advocates rally across the nation today to urge Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to enhance school, workplace and civil protections for California’s hardworking immigrants. “While Washington waffles on immigration...

Brown signs California immigration bills, wins activists’ kudos in pressing for reform

"On a day when immigrant-rights activists nationwide rallied for action from Washington, Gov. Jerry Brown put California at the vanguard of change, signing sweeping laws aimed at speeding the assimilation of those in the country illegally. Brown (D) signed eight bills Saturday, including one prohibiting...

CA9 on Derivative Citizenship: Brown v. Holder

"Mark Brown, a native and citizen of India, petitions for review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) dismissing his appeal from an order of removal. In the administrative proceedings, Brown argued that he was or should be deemed a United States citizen, because...

Cal. Gov. Brown Signs Bills Helping Refugees, Special Immigrant Juveniles

"Governor Jerry Brown says he has signed into law a bill to help fund lawyers for unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings. The legislation signed Saturday appropriates $3 million to qualified nonprofit organizations to help represent unaccompanied minors in deportation proceedings. .....

California to Provide $3M in Legal Services for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

"A bill signed on Saturday by California Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to qualifying nonprofits to offer free legal assistance for child migrants . Nonprofit legal service providers handling the cases of recently-arrived child migrants from Central America say the demand for pro-bono...