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...

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was...

ICE Raids at California Courthouses

"Sergio Villatoro was waiting to pay a traffic ticket at the Kern County courthouse in Lamont, California, when the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid began. ICE agents blocked all of the exits. Although ICE agents made no attempt to establish Mr. Villatoro’s identity –...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2013 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Faults Procedures for Issuance of NTAs | On October 22, 2013, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Pennsylvania State University Law School released a report criticizing various practices related to the issuance of Notices to Appear in removal proceedings. Based on a survey and documents...

Immigration Dreaming in California: Assembly Bill 263 Will Bring Nightmares to the State's Employers

"Section 4 of Assembly Bill 263, effective January 1, 2014, adds this new provision (Section 1024.6) to the state's Labor Code: 1024.6. An employer may not discharge an employee or in any manner discriminate, retaliate, or take any adverse action against an employee because the employee updates...

Cal. Sup. Ct. to Release Garcia Decision on Jan. 2, 2014

"In re GARCIA (SERGIO C.) ON ADMISSION, S202512, Argued in San Francisco 9-04-13 In this proceeding, the court ordered the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to show cause before this court why its motion to admit applicant Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, to...

Cal. Sup. Ct. Admits Sergio Garcia to Bar

"In light of the recently enacted state legislation, we conclude that the Committee‟s motion to admit Garcia to the State Bar should be granted. The new legislation removes any potential statutory obstacle to Garcia‟s admission posed by section 1621, and there is no other federal statute that purports...

Sergio Garcia Sworn In As California Lawyer

"He’s living in California illegally, but now he can legally practice law. California has allowed an undocumented immigrant into the state bar. His swearing-in ceremony was today, following a legal debate decades in the making. The steps of the California capitol served as the stage for Sergio...

New Cal. Bar Unit to Focus on UPIL

"Dunn said the new unit would be “fully engaged from day one,” focusing on complaints from consumers about notarios and immigration consultants." - Cal. Bar Journal, Feb. 2014 .

News Excerpts From the March 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Designates Chile for Visa Waiver Program On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced the entry of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program. Beginning May 1, 2014, Chilean nationals will be able to visit the United States for up to ninety days without obtaining nonimmigrant visas...

California Driver License Program Hits Unexpected Hurdle: Trust

"Last year, when California became the most populous state to pass a law permitting undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, advocates for immigrant rights were thrilled, saying it would allow people to commute without fear while also decreasing rates of hit-and-run accidents and...

SIJ Victory in California: Matter of Leslie H.

"[T]he evidence overwhelmingly supports Leslie’s request for the necessary findings to enable her to file her SIJ application with the appropriate federal authorities. The juvenile court could not reasonably deny her request, and we therefore grant her writ relief to vacate the juvenile court’s...

California Immigration Holds Drop

"Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January. The law was pushed by immigrant advocates and directs law enforcement agencies to more quickly release those without serious...

Health Billboard Banned in Sacramento Airport

"Some call it free speech. Others said it’s too provocative for the public. Either way, a controversial billboard has been banned from the Sacramento International Airport. Busy travelers at the airport's Terminal B might not even know there’s anything missing, but a black canvas...

Cal. Atty. Gen. on ICE Detainers: Bulletin

"Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies that provides updated information on their responsibilities and potential liability for complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal detainer requests for undocumented...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New USCIS Director Testifies Before Congress | On July 29, Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testified at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Rodriguez became USCIS director on July 9. In his written testimony, available at http...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

News Excerpts from the Sept. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Settles Lawsuit over Coerced Voluntary Departures In August, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine Mexican citizens alleging they were forced to “voluntarily” depart the country instead of having a hearing before an immigration judge...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Housing and Employment Department Issues New Guidelines on U Visas | On September 10, 2014, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a directive expanding the grounds for which it will provide certifications to noncitizens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The Department...

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...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Immigration Bill

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 873, which allocates $3 million to pay for legal aid for thousands of immigrant children from Central America who have poured into the Golden State this year to escape violence in their home countries (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE). The above article is...