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California law to limit deportations now in effect

The Trust Act that was approved by California legislators went into effect at the beginning of 2014. This law would place limitations on deportations to prevent individuals cited for minor infractions then being turned over to Federal immigration authorities. Instead deportations would be limited to those charged with violent crimes or deemed as dangerous undocumented immigrants.

As deportations were said to have reached historic highs across the U.S. in 2013, it was hoped that the passage of such an act would curb these numbers - at least here in California. However, according to the president of one Latino organization in Los Angeles, the act will limit deportations but not eliminate them.

The fear of deportation is obviously of great concern to all immigrants and hopefully the above legislation will help reduce the tension. Many individuals have retained employment in our country and raised family here. Still, large numbers of immigrants facing deportation also do not have the time to wait for other legislation to be passed that will make additional deportations less likely.

When it does come to deportation proceedings, the need for experienced attorneys who understand all aspects of immigration law is extremely important. This can be an extremely specific area of law that requires special handling.

Attorneys can provide a number of services to these individuals. It can include status adjustments, cancellation of removal orders, the seeking of asylum and other legal actions. They can provide legal assistance in preparing the paperwork for any of these actions. Attorneys can also represent clients at administrative hearings and court trials.

Source: Latinos Post, "California's 'Trust Act' Goes Into Effect, Limiting Deportations of Undocumented Immigrants," Jorge Calvillo, Jan. 6, 2014

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