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Homeland Security to Allow Some Immigrants to Return to Southern California

Sep 10, 2014 9:08:10 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Immigration


A new agreement announced on August 27, 2014 states that Homeland security officials will not use intimidation or threats against immigrants facing deportation. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times reports that many immigrants with ties to Southern California who voluntarily left the United States under threats will be allowed to return. This potentially historical settlement only pertains to Southern California, but some of the reforms may be adopted nationwide.

This settlement will directly affect individuals who were voluntarily deported from Southern California between the years 2009 and 2013. The group involved in the lawsuit claimed that federal agents used intimidation and misinformation to persuade immigrants to voluntarily leave the country. Even individuals with no serious criminal records and long standing ties to Southern California were coerced, tricked and encouraged to leave the country.

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Who Are the Undocumented Immigrants in America Today?

Aug 29, 2014 8:26:40 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Immigration


As debates over immigration reform continue to gridlock Congress, the President has announced in no uncertain terms that he is prepared to make use of his executive powers to put new immigration measures into action – stirring further controversy and discontent on both sides of the aisle. But no matter what steps the White House takes, the main question remains: What should be done with the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrations living in America?

The question stirs up countless responses, many based on the overwhelming misperception that illegal immigrants are essentially barely literate, single men who recently crossed the border to contribute little to the country they take advantage of.

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However, according the U.S. Census Bureau, the reality looks fairly different. The roughly 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants living and working the U.S. break down into the following demographics:
  • At least three-fifths of the undocumented have been living and working in the U.S. for over a decade
  • Nearly half have children under the age of 18
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Rooted in America – Who are the Undocumented Immigrants in America?

Aug 20, 2014 10:12:02 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Immigration


Undocumented immigrants face numerous hardships and roadblocks on the road to becoming legal permanent residents in the U.S. From making unquantifiable sacrifices in the hopes of creating a better life to constant fear or rejection, thousands of undocumented individuals struggle with incredible challenges and setbacks every day in the pursuit of the American dream. But who are these people who live, work, and study in the U.S. without authorization?

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President Obama Ready to Take Action on Immigration

Aug 11, 2014 8:16:06 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Immigration


Immigration ReformHouse Republicans were unable to pass a border crisis bill before the August recess. So, now all eyes are on President Barack Obama to take executive action. Many speculate that he is preparing to announce measures that could allow immigrants to remain in the United States. According to a news report in The Washington Post, the administration is considering its options in light of the current surge of Central American children who have crossed the border coupled with "Congress's failure this year to pass a broader immigration overhaul."

There are many proposals and suggestions that are currently under consideration. For example, the president may be able to provide temporary relief for law-abiding undocumented immigrants who have relatives in the United States or who have lived here for a number of years. This proposal could protect as many as five million immigrants from deportation.

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Attorney Scott McVarish Gave Immigrant Rights Speech in Honor of Ecuador Independence Day

Jul 30, 2014 2:12:53 PM / by Staff Attorney posted in Immigration


EcuadorOn Sunday July 27, 2014, attorney Scott McVarish was invited by the consul general of Ecuador in Los Angeles, Diego Jaramillo, to give a speech about the rights of immigrants in the United States.

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Video Game “Papers, Please” Provides Surprising Insight into Immigration Dilemmas

Apr 30, 2014 8:22:54 AM / by Staff Attorney posted in Immigration

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For thousands of immigrants living and working in the U.S., it is not uncommon to live each day with anxiety and a sense of powerlessness, regardless of whether or not you have entered the country legally. Even with the appropriate documents, many immigrants live in fear of deportation, not fitting in, sudden “disappearances” of friends and family, and the tenuous nature of relying on paperwork to protect one’s future.

But what is life like for those on the other side of the immigration process? That’s the question that Papers, Please, a puzzle video game for Windows, OS X, and Linux, sets out to answer.

It may sound like an incredibly unlikely concept for a video game and one that would not do well on the market, but Papers, Please gives players the chance to be an immigration officer for the fictional country of Arstotzka. And, believe it or not, this “document thriller” has earned critical praise and numerous awards for its emotional depth and originality.

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