It may come as no surprise that President Donald Trump has made recent comments about immigration that are making Californians uneasy. Trump has said he is considering removing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California. This threat is in response to the Golden State declaring itself a sanctuary state.
With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program due to expire on March 5, the Senate has been scrambling to come up with a compromise to address the plight of California and other U.S. residents who were illegally brought into this country as children. The Trump administration has been against DACA, a program instituted during the Obama administration, from the beginning, and on Sept. 5, 2017, vowed to end it once it expires.
Since Donald Trump became president last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have increased arrests by 42 percent. A recent blitz of deportations have been in the news recounting the stories of long-time U.S. residents who were deported simply because they were undocumented immigrants, even though they never committed a crime while living in this country. For undocumented workers in California and all other states, the prospect of deportation has become a daily worry.
If you are looking to move to California or another part of the United States for work, you may be able to do so by securing an employment-based visa. There are multiple types of employment-based visas, and the kind that might be most appropriate for you will likely depend factors such as your industry and your level of expertise within it. At the Law Office of Tasoff and Tasoff, we understand what goes into securing a work visa, and we have helped many clients navigate the process of coming to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
There have been a lot of recent news stories concerning young immigrants and young refugees to California and the rest of the United States. It is worthwhile to point out that the U.S. government does provide protections for young immigrants who are abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents or other custodians. According to the Department of Homeland Security website, if such abuse can be proven, immigrant children may receive Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status.