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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...

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

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...

CA9 on Evidence, CIMT: Vargas Cervantes v. Holder (upholding Rotimi)

"We hold that although the BIA correctly determined that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 422 was for a CIMT and that Vargas is ineligible for an extreme hardship waiver, the BIA erred in concluding that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 273...

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

Executive Action Coverage | On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that will help secure the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and allow certain undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they pass...

States' Welcoming Policies Can Mitigate Harsh Federal Immigration Laws: Roberto Suro

In California Dreaming: The New Dynamism in Immigration Federalism and Opportunities for Inclusion on a Variegated Landscape , USC Professor Roberto Suro concludes: "When all of the policies described in this section are applied together as is the case in some major concentrations of the immigrant...

'Popcorn Lung' Verdict Reversed Over Immigration Info: Velasquez v. Centrome

"A California appellate court Friday reversed the verdict against a former factory worker who lost his "popcorn lung" case, finding the lower court made a crucial mistake when it informed the jury that the plaintiff was in the country illegally. The panel concluded the previous ruling...

California Supreme Court to Rule on Bar Admission of Hong Yen Chang

" Last spring , ImmigrationProf reported on the efforts of UC Davis law students to seek the posthumous admission of Hong Yen Chang to the California State Bar. More than a century ago, Chang was denied the opportunity to practice law in California because of his race. Students in the UC Davis School...

Hong Yen Chang Admitted to California Bar...125 Years Late

"We grant Hong Yen Chang posthumous admission as an attorney and counselor at law in all courts of the state of California. ... it is past time to acknowledge that the discriminatory exclusion of Chang from the State Bar of California was a grievous wrong. It denied Chang equal protection of the...

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Training Document on Particular Social Groups Made Public | A PowerPoint presentation apparently given to asylum officers at USCIS was made public in late April, providing insight into the agency’s handling of potential claims for asylum based on membership in a particular social group. According...

New California Statutes Affect Immigrants, Regardless of Status

"Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of immigration-related measures Monday, including one removing the word “alien” from California’s labor code because it is seen as a disparaging term for those not born in the United States. Brown also signed into law legislation allowing noncitizens...

ILRC Practice Advisory: New Cal. Statute (Deferred Entry of Judgment) Aids Immigrants

ILRC, Oct. 2015 - "Effective January 1, 2016, a new California drug law will help defendants avoid catastrophic immigration consequences for minor offenses. The text of the new law, California Penal Code § 1203.43, is set out in Appendix I. Anyone who has successfully completed deferred entry...

Cal. Ct. App. on Court Advisal - People v. Asghedom

People v. Asghedom, Jan. 5, 2016 - "Penal Code section 1016.5 mandates that, before accepting a guilty or no contest plea, the court must advise the defendant that the plea “may have the consequences of deportation, exclusion from admission to the United States, or denial of naturalization...

CA9 on Crime of Violence, Agg. Fel. - Ramirez v. Lynch

Ramirez v. Lynch, Jan. 20, 2016 - "Our examination of the text of [California Penal Code] section 273a(a), the Shepard documents, and California case law reveals that the state need not prove that a defendant committed a violation of section 273a(a) under a particular prong; the four prongs are...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Colorado Repeals Employment Verification Requirement | On June 8, 2016, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill (House Bill 16-1114) repealing a state requirement that employers maintain a separate affirmation form and retain copies of documents presented when newly hired employees complete...