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Written by Edward Lai

Unauthorized Immigrants with Criminal Convictions are Priority for Removal

The first few days of the new Trump administration will be critical when it comes to implementing his plans for unauthorized immigrants in the United States. According to most experts the unauthorized immigrants who have criminal records both abroad and in the US will be among the first to be deported.

During a recent interview with 60 Minutes, then President-elect Trump stated that his pledge to deport unauthorized immigrants has not faltered from the stance he took during his presidential campaign. According to Trump there will be at least 2 million unauthorized immigrants that can be deported due to criminal records alone.

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Written by Edward Lai

Republicans Look to Begin the Legal Immigration Debate

During his campaign president-elect Donald Trump fought fiercely over the subject of illegal immigration. However the president’s Republican Party now looks to battle over a subject almost as important– legal immigration.

The current debate about legal immigration is that if the current limitations that have been in place for many years are fair for those looking to legally enter the United States, or should those limitations be made reduced as to eliminate unfair competition for Americans looking for work?

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Written by Edward Lai

What Does Trump’s Presidential Victory Mean for Immigration?

Now that the initial surprise of Donald Trump winning the 2016 United States Presidential election has begun to wear off, many are beginning to look to the future regarding what the president-elect will do in terms of several key issues. One of these issues is the debate about how Trump will deal with immigration.

During his campaign Trump was a staunch opponent of immigration, especially against the almost 11 million illegal immigrants which are scattered across the United States.  Many already fear that Trump may actually begin raids in known locations where illegal immigrants live. However, if this were to happen, current law allows illegal immigrants access to certain legal rights, meaning that it would take several years for the judicial system to even see all the potential cases.

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Written by Edward Lai

Family-based Immigration Limit Bill Revived by Lawmakers

US lawmakers have recently revived a bill that will expand the immigration eligibility of immediate family members as well as spouses of same-sex marriages. The lawmakers include several Democratic representatives of the US House of Representatives.

One high profile member is Mike Honda from California, who also sponsored the Reuniting Families Act (RFA). Honda states that the RFA will help thousands of families become reunited by using thousands of visas that have gone unused.

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New Law Changes Landscape of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Over 30 years’ worth of personal injury law was turned upside down when California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law A.B. 2159. The reason why this law is so important is that it overturns the rule in the 1986 case Rodriguez vs. Kline.

Rodriguez vs. Kline is so important because it set the precedent for personal injury lawsuits for undocumented immigrants. The ruling on this particular case stated that the proper way to calculate the lost wages of an undocumented immigrant was to pay what the person the amount he/she would have earned in his or her country of origin. This means most of the time the plaintiff would end up receiving very little if any compensation for their injuries.

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Family Based Immigration
Written by Edward Lai

Family Based Visa Petitions

An American citizen may petition for certain family members to receive a green card, fiancé(e) visa, or K-3/K-4 visa through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The purpose of a family-based visa petition is to document a petitioner’s interest, right, and ability to assist a relative’s immigration to the United States. The process begins with filing the appropriate petition form, which will establish the family relationship existing between the petitioner and relative.

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Written by Edward Lai

California to Give Important Rights to Illegal Immigrants

The state of California has officially given several important rights to those who have entered the United States illegally and have been called illegal aliens in the past. However, according to California’s lawmakers, the word alien will be erased from the state’s labor code.

California currently has one of the highest number of illegal immigrants in the country, with the number hovering around 3 million. It is because of this monumental number, Republican strategist Mike Madrid has gone on record stating that California doesn’t have the luxury to be ideological when concerning the undocumented immigrants.

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Written by Edward Lai

Know What Naturalization and Citizenship Mean to You

For most people, the last step in the immigration process to the United States is citizenship. The way that immigrants become citizens of the United States is through naturalization, meaning that if you were not born a US Citizen, you can become a citizen through the “naturalization” process.

The biggest question about this process is often:  “What does becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States mean in terms of obligations and benefits?”

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The Difficulties of Family Based Immigration

Finding your perfect match and starting a family abroad seems like a dream, but trying to move a new family back to the United States might actually turn out to be a logistical nightmare. Considering the paperwork and extra expenses found along the way, it could be months or even years before you and your family’s paperwork and visas are approved.

So what seems to be the problem with Family Based Immigration? The United States has a strict regimen of interviews and hurdles to get through to make sure that illegal or scam immigrants do not obtain citizenship.

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