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President Obama Puts an End to Secure Communities Program

Dec 5, 2014 10:17:50 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deportation

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President Obama's executive action will potentially have a number of ramifications as far as the nation's immigration policy is concerned. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, one of the outcomes of the executive action is the end of the Secure Communities Program, which many immigrant advocates have said over the years is what is wrong with the nation's immigration strategy. The program was meant to identify potentially deportable immigrants who had committed crimes. The program basically provided immigration agents with fingerprint records that had been collected in local jails.

In a number of cases, immigration holds were placed on inmates who were believed to be in the country illegally. The holds went beyond the inmate's jail term. Activists said the program destroyed immigrants' trust in law enforcement and resulted in the deportations of those who had committed no crimes or just minor infractions. President Obama announced that he putting an end to the Secure Communities Program.

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Immigration Reform 2014: DACA and DAPA – What Do They Mean Now?

Nov 26, 2014 2:58:37 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Immigration, DACA, DAPA, Deferred Action, Deportation

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President Obama took executive action on immigration reform on November 20, 2014. These actions involved significant changes to immigration policy here in the United States, and potentially will impact the lives of millions of undocumented workers and illegal immigrants facing deportation from the U.S. At the heart of these changes, an increased number of immigrants will be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.

Those looking to take advantage of changes to DACA can apply immediately. Specifically, if an individual arrives in the United States prior to their 16 th birthday, AND they’ve been here since 1/1/2010, that individual may increase DACA and work authorization from the current limit of two years to three years. This change has gone into effect immediately, so it’s best to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine what the next steps to take are if you feel as though you may benefit from this policy change.
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Unaccompanied Border Children Killed Once Deported Back to Honduras

Aug 26, 2014 12:09:12 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deportation

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US ImmigrationIn an attempt to manage the extraordinary influx of minors entering the United States without authorization, the U.S. has flown thousands of children back to their home countries with fatal consequences. According to Think Progress, at least five to 10 children deported back to Honduras since February end up murdered, often in retaliation for their attempt to flee.

In late 2013, the U.S. Border Patrol seized roughly 63,000 children, ranging from as young as 5-years-old to 17-years-old, crossing the southern U.S. border in what has been called the Central American child migrant crisis.  The Committee for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras is calling the migration an urgent humanitarian situation as many of the children are forced to flee due to gang violence, extreme poverty, and irrevocably broken homes.

Considering Honduras has the highest murder rate than any other country in the world, the migration is not surprising.

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U.S.-Born Children Ask President to Stop Deporting Their Parents

Mar 19, 2014 8:47:36 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deportation

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According to the former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, nearly 410,000 undocumented immigrants were deported from the United States in 2012. Many of the people deported have families that they have been forced to leave behind here in the United States. Under current immigration laws, parents of U.S.-born children can be separated from their children.

According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, U.S.-born children of undocumented parents are calling on President Barack Obama to stop deporting their parents. Under the Obama Administration, there have been over two million deportations, including 400,000 in 2013. That means millions of families have been ripped apart as politicians debate whether or not to pass immigration reform. It is doubtful that immigration reform will pass this year and there is no sign that deportations will slow down as the debate rages on.

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Anaheim Moves Toward Ending Deportations

Feb 17, 2014 2:50:10 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deportation

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Many hardworking Orange County residents are at risk of being deported because of the manner in which they entered the country. In December 2013, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution to end deportation of undocumented immigrants who do not have a serious criminal history. According to a FOX 11 news report, the city of Anaheim is considering passing a similar resolution to protect undocumented immigrants who do not pose a threat to society.

Councilman Jordan Brandman has officially proposed the resolution because of the number of hardworking locals who are just trying to live the American dream. Brandman has already gained the support from a number of local labor groups including the SEIU, Justice for Janitors, and Teamsters Local 952.

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Notable Victory for December 2013 for Client Facing Deportation

Jan 27, 2014 3:04:52 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deportation

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This was a victory that no one could have ever predicted. Client was a man in detention facing imminent deportation -- known as reinstatement of removal –– for violating his prior deportations. This case illustrates how essential it is for immigrants to find a law firm that will do whatever it takes to help them.

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Fighting Back Against Threats of Deportation

Jan 21, 2014 8:21:56 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deportation

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Facing deportation is extremely stressful for you and your family. With so much on the line, you must make sure that you are prepared before your deportation hearing. The government will use an attorney with a long history of prosecuting cases similar to yours. So, it is important that you understand the details of your case and consult with a skilled Los Angeles immigration attorney who has experience handling removal and deportation cases.
Los Angeles Deportation DefenseThe government is responsible for proving in court that they can deport you. They may argue that you overstayed your visa, committed a crime, or entered the country illegally. Your legal options, however, do not go away if they are successful in proving that you are deportable.

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Life Story of a Client Brings Success in Canceling Removal by Immigration

Oct 11, 2013 1:45:40 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Success Stories, Deportation

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In our notable case for August 2013, our cancellation of removal for a client who was facing difficult odds in immigration court, our legal team became much more comfortable and confident when we were able to close the removal proceedings against him.

Our legal team’s waiver application for the client to receive his adjustment of status through provisional waiver was more than 120 pages long. We have every document that immigration services could possibly want.

This is the difference between the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. and many other practitioners. We create well-documented narratives that give the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers an understanding into the rich, complex lives our clients lead. We don’t use cookie cutter templates that sound exactly alike from one client to the next. We create moving narratives.

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Family saved, criminal conviction overturned, deportation stopped

Jul 30, 2012 2:03:07 PM / by Scott McVarish posted in Success Stories, Deportation

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Our office specializes in trying to keep families together. Unfortunately, our government separates over 100 families of immigrants every single day-- 365 days a year-- deporting at least one parent and depriving a child forever of that parents presence. When we win cases fighting back this attack against families, it is especially joyful for us. This month’s case we are profiling involves a dedicated father who came very close to being separated from his wife and two sons. One of those sons is in college and depends upon his father’s income, while the other is in middle school and depends upon his father’s love. This is a family trying to achieve the American dream but almost been forced into bankruptcy and separation from a government that has lost its way.

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Updates on a Case or Detained Loved One

Apr 24, 2012 6:17:56 AM / by Scott McVarish posted in Deportation

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If you have a family member who is detained by immigration, the first 48 hours are always the most scary. It is very difficult to know what is happening. Invariably, the family does not know where their loved one has been taken, or even why he or she has been taken. They won’t even know whether their loved one has foolishly signed a voluntary departure instead of waiting to speak with an attorney. [By the way, our advice is that the alien should only sign the “notice to appear” and no other document. Those words – – notice to appear – – will appear on the top right of the page being s/he is being asked to sign.]

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