Illegal Immigrants in L.A. are Not Considered Priority Deportations

The population of the City of Los Angeles isn’t about to get smaller anytime soon.  That’s because statistics point out that Los Angeles is leading the nation with the largest number of undocumented immigrants who will not be deported because they are not considered priority deportations.

A Change in Deportation Policy

The recent executive order issued by the Obama Administration declaring that they would stop deportation for certain individuals will affect close to 800,000 illegal immigrants and Los Angeles has the largest population of these affected migrants. However, due to a huge backlog of cases awaiting for a court date, many of these individuals will remain in limbo for the time being.


Deportation in Los Angeles

In the past two years, the Department of Homeland Security has ordered over 400,000 deportation annually.  Due to the increased number of deportations, the Department has been heavily criticized for deporting many illegal immigrants who don’t have a serious criminal background.

Last August, the Department of Homeland Security introduced the “Morton Memo” which outlined new criteria for federal agency and courts in determining whether or not an illegal immigrant should be subjected to deportation.  Nationally, the memo has produced mixed results with only 1 percent of all depending deportations being cancelled leading many U.S. immigration lawyers claiming that even if an illegal immigrant is low on the priority scale, they still run the risk of being deported.

In Los Angeles however, things are looking much different on a local scale.  According to the most recent federal data, Los Angeles Immigration Court currently leads the nation with the largest number of federal deportation cases being dismissed since last August and thanks to the recent push by the Obama Administration, many more illegal immigrants will be spared.  This will in no doubt increase the number of illegal immigrants who have been spared from deportation from the current number of 534.

In the interim however, immigration courts will be forced to review more than 50,000 deportation cases over the next couple of months- not an easy task indeed.


Requirements for an Illegal Immigrant Work Visa

  • Applicants do not have valid documents.

  • Applicants must be under thirty years old.

  • Applicants have entered the United States before turning sixteen.

  • For the past five years, applicants have lived in the US.

  • Applicants have not been convicted of a felony or multiple offenses.

  • Applicants are not a threat to the national security or public safety.

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a US school, graduated from a secondary school or have obtained a GED. The applicant may also be an honorably discharged veteran of the United States military or Coast Guard.

Moving to Los Angeles

If you are buying the new change in policy and qualify under the requirements for the issuance of a work visa, you may consult one of the immigration lawyers whom you trust in Los Angeles. Without the aid of a licensed professional, attempting to fulfill any steps or requirements, that you thought are necessary, could risk your chances of immigration success. Not all areas of immigration are predictable and comprehensible.

For decades, Niren and Associates have invested their time in competently helping clients and finding solutions to their immigration problems. Their immigration law office in Los Angeles can be reached at (213) 2324397.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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