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Immigration Raids During Proceedings Undermine Courts

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?

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Alien Indifference

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.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Make Way for the Iraqis

By Pamela Hartman Refugees from the war in Iraq are resettling in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, bringing with them little more than the shirts on their backs and harrowing tales of kidnap and murder, lives threatened and futures

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

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Immigration Impact

  • Three New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s H-1B...
    10/24/2020

    Three new lawsuits have been filed challenging the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rules impacting the H-1B visa category, with one also challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new H-1B rule. The complaints argue that the new H-1B rules will make it near impossible for […]

  • Naturalization Fees: A Poll Tax Hidden in Plain...
    10/21/2020

    The application fee to apply for U.S. citizenship was due to rise from $640 to $1170 on October 2. Though the fee hike was temporarily blocked in federal court, this is not the first time U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has tried to raise the naturalization application fee. But […]