By David Canepa Depending on which side of the aisle you sit on, the future of Medicare either looks grim or promising as its fiscal strength shows signs of improvement despite the program being constantly under siege by fraudsters. In Congress, there have been talks for years now to either phase out the medical insurance program that benefits nearly 58 million Americans, the vast majority seniors, or possibly even privatize it. Medicare, established in 1966, is big ...

As the crowd swelled in front of the glass doors at the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) building in San Francisco’s Financial District, Sandy stood with her megaphone in defiance. As the statewide coordinator for the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) she helped organize the rally. “The new administration’s deportation system is out to get all of us,” yelled Sandy. “So we need to stand in solidarity just like we are here today.” Roughly 10...

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H‑1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is: An institution of higher e...

SAN FRANCISCO – If immigration agents show up at a worksite, employers don’t have to let them in. That is one of the key messages immigrant rights advocates are sending out as a new bill that would increase protections for workers makes its way through committees in the California legislature. Employers across the country already have certain rights, said Grisel Ruiz, staff attorney of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). “If an employer has ICE agents coming to ...

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary non-agricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary non-agricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irrepa...

SACRAMENTO – Responding to high unemployment among transgender workers, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the Transgender Work Opportunity Act (Senate Bill 396). Senate Bill 396 combats discrimination and encourages greater inclusion of transgender Californians in the work force. The Transgender Work Opportunity Act will make California the first in the nation to require training about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. Research shows...

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that starting Monday, June 26, the agency will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers. The Conrad 30 program allows certain medical doctors to stay in the United States on a temporary visa after completing their medical training to work in rural and urban areas that have shortage of physi...

With the Trump administration pushing a tough-on-crime, law-and-order approach to criminal justice reform at the federal level, the work of reducing prison populations may fall to states – and California is ahead of the curve. In California, among justice reform advocates, the conversation isn’t just around shifting away from mass incarceration. The question now: how to go beyond sentencing reform and do the work of making communities safer and the families within them str...

ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO If you entered into a good faith marriage but after the marriage your U.S. citizen of lawful permanent resident spouse is abusing you, then you do not have to sacrifice to get your permanent resident. You can immediately apply for a waiver of joint filing based on the information and document that you are an abused spouse. Your dependent children can be included in this application to remove condition on residence. If your abusive spouse has n...

By David Canepa The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors made history in May by voting to spend $43.75 million in Measure K funds, over two years, to develop affordable housing as many of our neighbors continue to grapple with unimaginably high rents. I and my fellow board members voted unanimously on this significant increase in spending from the previous four years of Measure K spending. It was truly an honor to collaborate with the other board members to meet the pr...