A Majority of Californians Want Undocumented Immigrants to Stay

A Majority of Californians Want Undocumented Immigrants to Stay

The vital immigration policies initiated by the US President, Donald Trump such as the travel ban, the calls to increase deportation and removal and plan for a border wall are opposed by the residents of California. These incredible facts were revealed in a survey report recently revealed by the Public Policy Institute of California.

The opposition on these vital decisions varies in intensity throughout the state and it is most intense in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties as well as the Inland Empire. Interestingly, Inland Empire is home to the largest population of undocumented immigrants present in the state.

Survey’s authors wrote that a strong majority of Californians today say that undocumented immigrants living in the country should be given a chance to stay and apply for citizenship eventually. The respondents of the survey were 1,706 California adults. Some of the key findings of the survey are listed right here:

  • More than 70 percent respondents in Los Angeles and Inland empire and over 60 percent of respondents from Orange and San Diego counties think that undocumented immigrants that are currently residing in the US should be allowed to stay here. They should also be allowed to eventually apply for citizenship. This number was 68 percent statewide.
  • About 12 percent respondents in the Los Angeles are and the Inland Empire, as well as 15 percent in Orange and San Diego counties, think that undocumented citizens should be allowed to stay but they should not be allowed to get citizenship.
  • Approximately three in four adults in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties are against the idea of creating a wall along the U.S-Mexican border. This opposition is just 68 percent in the Inland Empire.
  • Almost 63 percent adults in the Los Angeles area and 57 percent adults in the Orange and San Diego counties do not like the revised executive order of Trump banning most people entering the U.S. from nations such as Libya, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.

Party affiliation did play a major role in beliefs of the respondents as approximately 56 percent of the Republicans agree that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country while 92 percent of Democrats agree to the same. Similarly, 92 percent of the democrats opposed the travel ban while 68 percent of the Republicans supported it.  

The survey also revealed that most respondents thought immigration was not a top issue for the state as just 16 percent respondents believed the same. About 20 percent of the respondents believed that jobs and economy were most important issues while other respondents were more concerned about issues like schools, healthcare, and the environment.

These results clearly demonstrate that Californians have a greater tolerance for immigrants which might be due to the fact that a lot of immigrants call it their home. As per a report shared by Public Policy Institute of California a few days back, California was a home to over 2.6 million undocumented immigrants in the year 2013 which included 814,000 in Los Angeles County, 170,000 in San Diego County, 124,000 in Riverside County, 118,000 in San Bernardino County and 247,000 in Orange County.

At the law offices of George W Abbes, we strongly believe that immigrants should be given a chance to live the American dream. This is the reason we work diligently to help immigrants with matters pertaining to family-based immigration, deportation & removal defense, citizenship, immigration & criminal convictions, change of status, criminal immigration consultations and deferred action.  Garden Grove, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Stanton, Westminster.


California Immigrants Cut Back on Food Stamps Due to Fear of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The fear of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is rising in California since Trump administration took over and now people are giving up on the food stamps and not visiting the food pantry because they fear that a crackdown would happen if they utilize the public-assistance programs.
Reports state that 40 families in the San Francisco Bay have canceled their food stamps and 54 Spanish-speaking households that were pre-qualified for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program did not apply for the program.
People are taking such drastic steps because they fear deportation and removal. A leaked draft executive order implied that legal immigrants may be deported if they turned up for public assistance within first five years of arrival. News of local ICE sweeps and terrifying stories about arrests and raids have all contributed to the fear.
Heidi McHugh who serves as the community education and outreach coordinator at Food for People in Humboldt County states that Latino clients have declined in many sites. In a community where 20-30 families showed up, only five are now present. People need to know that information such as immigration status isn’t collected by pantries or meal programs. But people are not wrong to be afraid. Only recently, ICE agents arrested a domestic-violence victim who was trying to get a restraining order against the person who allegedly abused her. In another incident at Alexandria, homeless people were interrogated by ICE at a church where they were protecting themselves from the cold. In Los Angeles, a father of a 12 year old was arrested as soon as he dropped his kid to the school.
It is frightening to see that people are giving up food and are sacrificing their health because they are very invested in being an American. A 2014 study by ACCFB shows that half of the clients of the food bank are already forced to make impossible choices between necessities such as rent, transportation, medicine and utilities.
We at the law offices of George W Abbes dislike the fact that people are so worried about a deportation that they are giving up the public-assistance programs. If you are facing any such struggles then we urge you to contact our office and seek assistance on the matters pertaining to deportation & removal defense, family based immigration, citizenship, criminal immigration consultations, change of status, immigration & criminal convictions and deferred action. We will help you live with the rights and privileges you deserve and without any fear.


California Partakes in the Court Challenge to Trump’s Immigration Ban

President Trump’s new travel ban will take effect in just a few hours. California has joined a legal challenge by Washington and four other stated by arguing that the proposed stop on the admission of refugees and immigrants is an anti-Muslim decree that would damage the hospitals, universities, and economies of the state.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra stated that the second ban is an attack on people based on their national origin and religion. The hearing on the matter would be held soon and it would be headed by U.S. District Judge James Robart.

On the other hand, Trump administration has also filed a legal defense of the new executive order by telling a judge from Hawaii that the order issued is under the broad constitutional authority of the President over national security and foreign affairs. It bars entry not on the basis of religion but the risk of terrorism.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

In the filing, California lawyers highlighted that the state has 27 percent foreign-born population is a home to about 700 students who are from the targeted countries and the state universities would face a loss of prospective scholars, students, and physicians from abroad. It will also lose millions of tax dollars from travelers. The filing also pointed out that the prospective order undermines California’s commitment to nondiscrimination and diversity.

The executive order will prohibit entry of any person from Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Syria for 90 days. During this time, U.S. will decide whether more screening is needed for people from these countries who wish to enter the U.S.

This new order would also halt the admission of refugees in the U.S. for 120 days. Only natives of the targeted countries who have gained legal U.S. residency or have earned valid U.S. visas will be allowed to enter the nation.

In the earlier rulings by Robart and a panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, it was mentioned that the previous executive order like this was very likely to violate the constitutional rights of refugees and immigrants by excluding them without any hearing or notice. It was also mentioned that the previous order raised serious questions of possible religious discrimination.

Lawyers representing the suing states, California, Washington, New York, Oregon, Maryland, and Massachusetts argue that the new presidential order was not so different from the previous one.

In a separate development, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif and some of his colleagues have introduced a bill that would negate Trump’s order. Unfortunately, the chances of getting the bill approved in the Republican-controlled Congress are slim to none.

At the law offices of George W. Abbes, we support the decision taken by the state and insist that immigrants and refugees should be given the right to free entry in the U.S. If you are seeking legal advice on immigration related matters then you can trust immigration lawyer Mr. Abbes to guide you on deportation & removal defense, citizenship, family-based immigration, criminal immigration consultations, deferred action, immigration & criminal convictions and change of status related matters.


Trump will not curtail H-1B Visas Anytime Soon

For all the people who were worrying about the future of the H-1B visas, there is immediate good news. The US has assured India that H1-B visas issue is not a priority for it and it would be a key component of a large immigration reforms package that is being worked upon by the Trump Administration.

This assurance comes amid an unending debate in the US and reported moves initiated by the Trump Administration to bring out an executive order to restrict the use if H-1B visas. Rita Teotia, a visiting Commerce Secretary told the reporters in a news conference that there was a sense that there is recognition of the contribution made by the Indian tech sector. She mentioned that this was not a priority for Trump government. The government of US is right now focused on the immigration issues which are quite different. Teotia also mentioned that whenever the issue is addressed, it would be a vital part of the overall immigration reforms package.  

India had been taking up the issue of H1-B visas with the Trump administration constantly. During their numerous meetings with the top officials of the administration including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Commerce Secretary, William Ross and with the Congressional leadership, the visiting Indian officials conveyed the visiting Indian officials communicated that H1-B is actually a category of trade and services which really helps American economy to become more competitive.

Jai Shankar said that if the Trump Administration’s intention is to bring back American companies to America, attract more foreign investment in the nation and have more growth in the near future, then it was vital that the growing America remains competitive. So there will be an increasing need for this partnership. He noted that H1-B was a trade and business issue rather than being an economic issue even though in the US context it was perceived as the part of the immigrant-related issues.

Jaishankar also stated that he would like to remind people that the President himself in an address to the Congress preferred a merit-based approach to this subject. A lot of respect was expressed across the board for Indian skills in the US.

While responding to a question, Jaishankar stated that these points are put across quite forcefully in the administration and in the Congress and it is believed that the points are being met with a degree of understanding.

At Abbeslaw, we appreciate the role played by Indians in the American economy and we want all immigrants to stay. If you have doubts regarding your immigration status, feel free to contact immigration lawyer George W. Abbes who specializes in deportation & removal defense, family-based immigration, citizenship, criminal immigration consultations, change of status, immigration & criminal convictions and deferred action related matters.



How is Trump Immigration Ban Hurting California’s Economy?

The strict immigration policies of our new President, Donald Trump have serious human effects like families are being torn apart due to deportation and removal. There are some economic effects of these policies that are especially impacting key sections in California that are mentioned in the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast released recently.

Loss of Production in California’s Food Products

The report states that the threat of deportation and removal of millions of undocumented immigrants is a risk to the economic forecast for the state. If millions of immigrants face deportation and removal, it would reduce the production of food and food processing would be impacted as slaughter and preparation of meat products would be heavily impacted. Residential construction and garment manufacturing will also suffer a lot. As per estimates, about 839, 300 people who work in the agriculture industry could be affected.

Jerry Nickelsburg, who serves as UCLA Anderson senior economist believed that as per estimates of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 50 percent of people who take care of harvesting are not documented. If these people face deportation and removal, who will take care of harvesting?

Usually, the Anderson economists offer precise numbers on how such policies would impact the economy of California but now they are in the dark because they don’t know the next steps planned by the government regarding deportation and removal of unauthorized immigrants.

The report highlights the main questions like will the new rules of engagement result in detention of a large number of workers present in these sectors or will the businesses that have hired these workers would be able to use their influence to temper this. The report clearly mentions that there are no good answers available at this time.

Impact on California’s Tourism Industry

The Anderson economists are also worried about the impact of such policies on the California tourism industry as foreigners don’t feel welcome in the nation if the policies are not defined well. Foreigners are also discouraged by strengthening of dollars as it makes it more expensive for visitors to take trips in the U.S.

Data states that California could lose out approximately USD 7.5 billion and USD 9.2 billion in direct income in the tears 2017 and 2018 respectively due to decline in a number of visitors. Though this will not hamper the USD 2.5 trillion economy of the state but tourism as a sector would be hard hit.

The report says that while the numbers are not huge, the individuals involved are normally low skilled and they are also vulnerable to the effects of rising minimum wage of California. Moreover, these people tend to have a high propensity to consume so the loss of income would have a great income and employment impact than those suggested in aforementioned numbers.