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 As such, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum establishing th...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...

SAN FRANCISCO – Sen. Scott Wiener, Assemblymembers Phil Ting, and David Chiu sent a letter requesting that the National Park Service reconsider the issuance of a permit for the so-called Patriot Prayer Rally scheduled on August 26. The letter reads: “As San Francisco’s elected representatives in the California Legislature, we write to express our deep concerns about the issuance of a permit for the so-called Patriot Prayer Rally on Crissy Field on August 26. Our concern is...

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...