Los Angeles Daily News
May 14, 2015
Once again, the fate of an important national immigration policy hinges on Texas. Thirty-three years ago it was a Texas lawsuit that decided whether undocumented children would be allowed to attend public schools. The answer then was “yes.”
This summer an appellate court will decide upon the legality of a Texas judge’s injunction which, if upheld, would prevent President Obama from deferring deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.
It’s quite rare to see an attorney in immigration court challenge the admissibility of evidence or the underlying constitutionality of an immigrant’s arrest. But all that changed last year following a highly publicized raid of a Van Nuys cartridge factory.
It was a chaotic scene. A year ago, 100 armed immigration agents stormed Micro Solutions Enterprises in Van Nuys. They forced all of the company’s workers and officers to stand against a wall as they checked them one by one. More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were hauled into custody. The federal investigation into the company is still under way.
Immigration courts in our country are set up to determine whether an immigrant has any relief from deportation. But of what use is the system if immigration agents can raid a courtroom and snatch an immigrant even as his matter is being heard before the judge?
In an effort to protect immigrants from exploitation, Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., introduced legislation Thursday that would make a federal crime …
With gas prices over $4 a gallon, you’d think I’d be sweating my daily commute from West Hollywood to Encino. I am. My commute takes me 90 minutes and I average barely 10 miles an hour. But I’m not sweating the gas prices; I’m sweating from pedaling over the canyons into the Valley.
It was a typical morning in Immigration Judge Stephen Sholomson’s packed courtroom. Fifty or so people – immigrants, their lawyers, interpreters — crammed into the tiny room on the 17th floor of a bank building next to Pershing Square. More immigrants and lawyers ambled in the hallway outside, waiting to be summoned when their case was called. A security guard tried to manage the chaos.
A visit to Glendale can offer more insight into the worsening situation in Iraq than a month’s worth of news reports.
As an immigration attorney in Encino, I see clients from all over the world. Over the past year, a steady stream of Iraqi Armenians has come to my office to apply for asylum in the United States. Many live in Glendale, a city whose population is about 40 percent ethnic Armenian.
Hope for Iraqi Christians; An Armenian church in Glendale is part of an effort to allow more refugees persecuted in part for their faith into the U.S.
They were dressed as police officers, but Iraqi physician Nina Grigor knew something was dreadfully wrong when they threw her into a car, blindfolded her, tied her wrists — and ripped the cross from her neck.
A partir de este mes, los inmigrantes que recurran a los consultores de inmigración estarán mejor protegidos de posibles fraudes debido a la entrada en vigor de una ley que exige más controles.