• 01/17/19

    Legal Summary: Controlled Substances

    Drug offenses can cause extremely serious immigration consequences, including making the person deportable, inadmissible, convicted of an aggravated felony, and barred from eligibility for relief. This note summarizes California law and defense strategies. Written for criminal defense counsel, it is also a useful summary for immigration advocates.

  • 01/17/19

    Naturalization Field Guide: Resources for Red Flag Screenings and Application Reviews

    It has always been important to screen naturalization applicants thoroughly to ensure that they are, in fact, eligible for naturalization, and to assess any potential issues that could cause them to denied or deported. While the laws governing how and when someone is eligible to naturalize and how and when someone is deportable have not changed, the importance of screening applicants has increased in light of the new NTA Memo. This packet is meant to assist practitioners in screening naturalization applicants for any issues that may cause them to be denied and deported. It includes a Red Flag Checklist, an Annotated Red Flag Checklist, a Guide for Legal Reviewers, and a Review Cheat Sheet for Workshops.

  • 01/17/19

    Responding to Inappropriate RFEs and NOIDs in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases

    In July 2018, USCIS issued a new policy memorandum that limits the circumstances in which it will issue Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). This practice advisory provides an overview of the law governing RFEs and NOIDs, outlines the changes to USCIS policy announced in the July 2018 policy memo, and sets forth a six-step process to follow when responding to requests for additional evidence. The advisory also includes sample arguments to make when responding to common RFE and NOID scenarios in the SIJS context.

  • 01/15/19

    California Immigrant Policy Center: Freedom to Drive

    Four years ago today, thousands of undocumented community members lined up to DMV offices across the state to apply for driver’s licenses. After twenty years of unjust exclusion, the community’s hard work had paid off, and AB 60 was finally in effect.

  • 12/19/18

    Protecting Immigrant Youth

    It is essential that we enact policies that support our youth in becoming healthy, productive adults. Unfortunately, many localities engage in unnecessary, and sometimes unlawful, practices that negatively impact the development of young people. This fact sheet, written together with the National Juvenile Justice Network, describes policy changes that could help protect immigrant youth.

  • 12/14/18

    Fall 2018 California Wildfires Helping Handbook

    This handbook provides up-to-date, practical information for individuals, families, and small businesses on subjects including housing, government benefits, insurance, FEMA assistance, replacement of lost documents, and fraud prevention.

  • 11/30/18

    Public Charge and Naturalization

    This practice advisory provides an update on public charge for advocates providing naturalization legal assistance. The advisory briefly discusses the legal standard for assessing public charge and then discusses how to advise lawful permanent residents looking to naturalize. It covers issues related to the proposed rule on public charge that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018, interpreting a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) pertaining to inadmissibility. Public charge only applies to certain individuals seeking admission into the United States or applying for adjustment of status. The eligibility requirements for naturalization do not include a public charge test and the legal use of government benefits and programs does not disqualify a permanent resident from naturalization. This advisory addresses how inadmissibility can affect lawful permanent residents who are now seeking to naturalize, and how to screen naturalization applicants for red flag issues.