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How can an immigrant use their job to apply for a green card?

Immigrants living and working in the U.S. may eventually wish to lengthen their stay. A working immigrant may be able to obtain a green card through their job, which could lead to permanent residency.

If people are looking to apply for a green card through their job, there are several ways to go about it. One way is through self petition, though this method is generally for use by “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability”. These immigrants are ones who excel notably in the arts, sciences, education, athletics, businesses or other career paths and are offered the visa when their skill is recognized.

Fight against trafficking law changes continues

Residents of Los Angeles may be aware of the fact that the state is still struggling to deal with the high number of immigrant youth that have come over from California. Since deportations have speed up instead of accommodations, many youths are left without a strong deportation defense to protect them against the immigration courts. This has Los Angeles fighting back.

The city council has recently come to the decision that they would like to see more help from the federal government concerning the wave of immigrants coming in to the city. They have also focused on opposing the suggestion that a trafficking law be repealed. The law, established in 2008 and called the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, was meant to make it difficult to deport children who aren’t from Mexico or Canada. These children would also be guaranteed immigration hearings and access to attorneys.

Law changes proposed to make deporting minors easier

There is a rush in Los Angeles as people try to figure out how to deal with the sudden flood of immigrants from South America. While some are in favor of granting citizenship, others wish to make changes to things like U.S. immigration law or other related laws that might make it easier for unaccompanied minors to be deported.

One such law is an anti human-trafficking law in Los Angeles. The officials have all voiced their disapproval for the changes that are proposed for this law. The changes would reportedly make it easier for unaccompanied minors to be deported back to their home countries with less issue. However, it might also open up loopholes that could endanger children.

Are migrant children being denied due process?

As Los Angeles gets swept up by the recent tide of migrants, many people are left wondering how to handle the situation and what to do with the large number of unaccompanied minors making their way to California. While becoming a U.S. citizen may be out of the option for some, many are also criticizing the speedy deportations.

Some lawyers have gone far enough to call the fast deportations out as denying the migrant children their right to due process. This is because many don’t have enough time to have a proper case prepared for them before they have to stand in front of a judge. In fact, some may not even have the change to be assigned an attorney.

Immigrants left without new Escondido shelter

Some people living in Los Angeles may be more aware of the immigration battle than in other parts of the country due to the high level of migrants in the area. Activists and immigrants alike have been working together to bring light on the U.S. immigration law battles that have been happening, and now their attention has turned to the migrant youth crisis.

However, the opinion of the crowd isn’t always enough to sway the people who hold power. For example, the city of Escondido has a large amount of audience support for a new shelter being built. Though there was initially stark division over the matter only a month prior, the tide of opinion has shifted and many people were hoping that the shelter would be built. This shelter would have had 96 beds and would have been used to ease the burden from other shelters.

California struggles with how to handle migrant youth flood

Los Angeles is a community that has a large immigrant population. Because of this, many people may have been hit by the recent upsurge in migrant youths crossing the border. With no parent in many cases, these youths are arriving in such large numbers that the shelters can’t keep up with demands, leaving California struggling to come up with new fixes.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is spearheading efforts to accommodate these youths despite the lack of adequate shelter. They have been holding donation drives to collect items that these children could use such as toothpaste, food and clothing. They have also been working together with non-profit organizations and even some foster care facilities in an attempt to get more children to decent housing.

Undocumented immigrant licenses not yet available but hitting roadblocks already

Immigrants in the Los Angeles area may have more than one thing to apply for soon. While many wait to become a U.S. citizen, the option will be available in January for immigrants who are undocumented to get their driver’s license. This could potentially solve a lot of short-term problems for immigrants in California, including making transportation much more accessible to many.

However, there are quite a number of hurdles that still need to be jumped before these licenses can come into effect. They are supposed to be launched in January 2015 but there are still issues like the design of the license itself and arguments over whether or not documentation should be provided before the licenses can be given out.

Immigrant children suffer from lack of shelters

Some people living in Los Angeles may have heard about the recent surge in immigrant children crossing the southern border from South American countries. An unaccompanied child is usually kept in a shelter until the immigration system can handle their case. However, the recent influx of children is making this practice increasingly difficult.

While Health and Human Services are trying their best to make sure that no child slips through the cracks, it has been difficult for them to find the amount of shelter that is necessary to handle such a large number. Because of this, Health and Human Services has been joining forces with around 50 local Los Angeles organizations with the plea that they help house more of the children.

Immigrant children flounder in court without help

Immigration advocate groups in Los Angeles may have a lot on their plates. Between all of the waffling on U.S. immigration law changes and the recent influx of immigrant youths, many people are seeing that the current immigration system is not working.

Recent government action could have thousands of immigrants being deported soon, and it has immigration activists up in arms. Due to the fact that so many families and unaccompanied youths are coming over from South America lately, the government has decides to try speeding up the deportation process by bumping forward any cases having to do with those two groups of people. They are expanding their ability to handle deportation cases because of this, too, with 343 judges from 59 courts being assigned to the task.

Federal immigration detention request denials continue to spread

Many in Los Angeles may be celebrating a recent decision made by the LAPD that affect immigrants across the city. While immigration detention is a big problem, the piggybacked issue of ICE officials using jail time to catch immigrants is now finished.

In what is partially being called an attempt at fostering trust between the community and the police force, the LAPD has announced that it will no longer take any requests to hold immigrants beyond their release date if they're eligible for deportation. Over the last 773 requests, only 300 were honored. From that alone, police have reported that the crime rate over the past 3 years has fallen and that it likely is because police are trusted more with the immigration community and advocate groups when they aren't working with ICE.

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