By Rodel Rodis When an ISIS-inspired terrorist from Uzbekistan - who had immigrated to the US with his family 7 years ago - drove his van through a crowded bike path on Halloween night in New York City mowing down and killing 8 people, Pres. Donald Trump quickly blamed it on the Diversity Visa Lottery Program which had brought this Uzbek and more than 1 million immigrants to the US since its inception in 1990. Trump called on Congress to scrap the visa lottery program as w...

CHICAGO -- A coalition of Illinois-based advocacy groups is urging immigrants to apply to become American citizens now that the state legislature has restored funding for needed services. The effort is part of the New Americans Campaign, a national campaign now in its sixth year. The campaign has seen an uptick in citizenship applications over the last two years. Lawful permanent residents have been known as green card holders, but a photo ID has now replaced the green ...

All the news coming out of Washington might lead to the conclusion that health insurance in California is in trouble. Not true. If you are getting a subsidized policy through Covered California, be prepared to renew from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. The system is trying to make sure you will not be priced out of coverage. Many--if not most--Californians who have gained coverage through the taste exchange will face premium costs similar to last year thanks to the escalator in fe...

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients that they have one week to properly file their DACA renewal requests and associated applications for employment authorization. As previously announced, for recipients whose DACA and work authorization expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, inclusive, USCIS will continue to accept renewal requests through Oct. 5, 2017. These re...

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...

We stand shoulder to shoulder in support of our DREAMers and in strong condemnation of the cruel, heartless and morally-bankrupt decision by the President to end DACA. For that reason, I stood up to speak in support of House Resolution 66 that supports our DREAMers and calls for Congress to pass protections for these promising young people and pass comprehensive immigration reform. Our DREAMers came to America-- and many came to California-- with no control over that de...

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mission Asset Fund (MAF) recently announced it will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to more than 2,000 Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline. The Trump administration recently announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is ending. DACA has provided security, safety, and livelihood for 800,000 young people commonly known as “Dreamers.” Of the 154,000 Dreamers eligible to renew their DACA permits before t...

“I do not want to be a burden on my family… I would prefer to be placed in a nursing home or whatever kind of facility and have my family come visit.” “I do not want to be on a breathing machine. I do not want to be artificially fed. I would like to be pain free. I would like to be at home. Do I want hospice care? Absolutely.” “I want to die gently and naturally, and I want to die at home with hospice and of course my family.” These are from a few of the thousands of...

  ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO The DHS issued a FAQ on how DACA holders should respond to the end of DACA as of September 5, 2017: Q1: Why is DHS phasing out the DACA program? A1: Taking into consideration the federal court rulings in ongoing litigation, and the September 4, 2017 letter from the Attorney General, it is clear that program should be terminated. As such, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum establishing th...

Agency develops strategy to further detect and deter fraud WASHINGTON –U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun a multiphase approach to expand interviews across benefit types, focusing on benefits that, if granted, allow an individual to permanently reside in the United States. Conducting these in-person interviews will further strengthen the agency’s fraud detection and national security initiatives. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protect...