New California Evidence Rule Benefits Immigrants

New California Evidence Rule Benefits Immigrants

Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 2159 into law, which has important implications for undocumented immigrants. This law creates a new evidence rule that will place these individuals on a level playing field with American citizens who are seeking compensation in court as a result of a personal injury or wrongful death action. More specifically, juries and judges can no longer consider an individual plaintiff’s immigration status in making a decision on the merits of a civil case. In fact, evidence of a person’s immigration status is not admissible as evidence in court and discovery of a person’s immigration status is impermissible. In other words, this law helps ensure that neither a judge nor a jury is prejudiced by the individual’s immigration status. Advocates applaud this newly enacted law as one of a series of bills passed by the California legislature in order to help better integrate immigrants into society, regardless of their immigration status. The hope is that with passage of this bill, immigrants will come forward and use the American justice system in order to seek redress for the wrongs of others that have resulted in injuries or wrongful deaths. Prior to this law, immigrants may have been hesitant to come forward and seek assistance through the American legal system, out of fear of discovery of their immigration status. Now, immigrants are free to seek compensation from those who have acted negligently in causing their injuries, without any worries about their immigration status, at least as far as judges and juries considering their cases are concerned. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have handled countless deportation cases on behalf of individuals who are risk of removal. We know how devastating it can be for individuals to face potentially being forced to return to a country where they are persecuted, where they must live in poverty, or that they simply no longer can call home. We care about you and your family, and we want to help you obtain a legal status in the United States, no matter what your situation may be. Call our office today to set up a consultation without your deportation defense attorney today.
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