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Do I Have to Pay Income Taxes if I Am Undocumented?

September 18 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

If you are an undocumented immigrant living and working in the U.S., you are required to pay income taxes on the income that you receive from working. The fact is that undocumented immigrants pay almost $12 billion per year in taxes, including income, property, sales, and excise taxes. The state of California alone collected $3.2 … Continue reading “Do I Have to Pay Income Taxes if I Am Undocumented?”

How to Fill Out a Job Application if You Don’t Have a Legal Status

September 17 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

Federal immigration law requires all employers to hire only workers who are authorized by the government to work in the U.S. As a result of this requirement, employers must verify the identity and work eligibility of every employee. All employees must complete an I-9 Form, or Employment Eligibility Verification Form, within three days of starting … Continue reading “How to Fill Out a Job Application if You Don’t Have a Legal Status”

Is There a Way I Can Get a Driver’s License in California If I Have No Legal Status?

September 15 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

While this is not the case in every state, current California law does permit immigrants with no legal status to obtain driver’s licenses. AB-60, a bill that the California legislature enacted two years ago, has allowed over 850,000 immigrants to get their driver’s licenses. The use of these licenses is limited to driving; immigrants cannot … Continue reading “Is There a Way I Can Get a Driver’s License in California If I Have No Legal Status?”

Guidance for Schools to Help Immigrant Children

September 14 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has developed an educator’s guide to dealing with immigrant children, including undocumented children, unaccompanied minors, and refugee children. The guide rightly points out that educators are often the first individuals to witness the impact of increased immigration enforcement on undocumented students and families. As a … Continue reading “Guidance for Schools to Help Immigrant Children”

Lack of Mental Health Care Leads to Suicide at Immigrant Detention Centers

September 13 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) recently released a joint report about the mental health care, or lack thereof, available to immigrants confined in detention centers across the nation. According to these organizations, these lapses in the provision of mental health care have resulted in the untimely death … Continue reading “Lack of Mental Health Care Leads to Suicide at Immigrant Detention Centers”

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Trump’s Travel Ban, but U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise

September 12 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

Back in May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit largely upheld the federal district court’s ruling blocking Trump’s revised travel ban issued via executive order on March 6, 2017. That order suspended new visas for travelers from six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – on a 90-day temporary … Continue reading “Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Trump’s Travel Ban, but U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise”

ICE Announces Largest Gang Crackdown in History

September 11 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

According to a recent Washington Post article, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the arrests of 1,378 individuals across the nation over a six-week period as part of the “largest anti-gang crackdown” in history. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit spearheaded “Project New Dawn” and made these arrests with the assistance of local law … Continue reading “ICE Announces Largest Gang Crackdown in History”

ICE Turning Away Asylum Seekers at Southern U.S. Border

September 10 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

According to Human Rights Watch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are increasingly turning away immigrants who appear at the border requesting asylum or expressing fear of returning to their native countries, in violation of federal law. According to U.S. immigration law, CBP agents must refer any immigrants seeking asylum or expressing fear of … Continue reading “ICE Turning Away Asylum Seekers at Southern U.S. Border”

Immigration Crackdowns Scaring Away Agricultural Labor

September 09 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that a federal crackdown on the enforcement of immigration laws is particularly affecting the economies of rural towns by scaring away immigrant workers and causing cutbacks in the production of hand-harvested produce. In response, California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have attempted to revive Feinstein’s 2013 “blue … Continue reading “Immigration Crackdowns Scaring Away Agricultural Labor”

U.S. Cuts Congressional Bill Delays Deportation for Immigrants

September 08 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

In a variety of different cases, members of Congress have filed private bills to legalize the status of individual immigrants and prevent their deportation. For most immigrants in this situation, a private bill sponsored by a member of Congress is a last-ditch effort to avoid deportation. Filing these bills, even if Congress does not ultimately … Continue reading “U.S. Cuts Congressional Bill Delays Deportation for Immigrants”

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