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Here without papers? But married to a U.S. citizen? You may have options

Many immigrants from Mexico came to the U.S. as young children. Often they were driven across the border through the port of entry at San Ysidro or elsewhere, and waved through by border inspectors. This was before 9/11 and tight

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman

The Line between Legal and Illegal

What is the line between legal and illegal when discussing immigration? Everyone who comes to live and work in the United States has a story. Everyone has faced at least some stress in their efforts to establish themselves in this

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, News Blog

Immigration decision: Is U.S. on the rise, or diminished? Guest commentary

Los Angeles Daily News
May 14, 2015

Once again, the fate of an important national immigration policy hinges on Texas. Thirty-three years ago it was a Texas lawsuit that decided whether undocumented children would be allowed to attend public schools. The answer then was “yes.”

This summer an appellate court will decide upon the legality of a Texas judge’s injunction which, if upheld, would prevent President Obama from deferring deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Daily News

Raining on ICE Raids

It’s quite rare to see an attorney in immigration court challenge the admissibility of evidence or the underlying constitutionality of an immigrant’s arrest. But all that changed last year following a highly publicized raid of a Van Nuys cartridge factory.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman

Immigration Enforcement by the Letter

It was a chaotic scene. A year ago, 100 armed immigration agents stormed Micro Solutions Enterprises in Van Nuys. They forced all of the company’s workers and officers to stand against a wall as they checked them one by one. More than 100 suspected illegal immigrants were hauled into custody. The federal investigation into the company is still under way.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman

Immigration Raids During Proceedings Undermine Courts

Immigration courts in our country are set up to determine whether an immigrant has any relief from deportation. But of what use is the system if immigration agents can raid a courtroom and snatch an immigrant even as his matter is being heard before the judge?

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Feinstein Introduces Immigration Fraud Bill

In an effort to protect immigrants from exploitation, Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., introduced legislation Thursday that would make a federal crime …

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, San Francisco Daily Journal

Cycling a Way to Break Oil Addicition

With gas prices over $4 a gallon, you’d think I’d be sweating my daily commute from West Hollywood to Encino. I am. My commute takes me 90 minutes and I average barely 10 miles an hour. But I’m not sweating the gas prices; I’m sweating from pedaling over the canyons into the Valley.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Daily News

Alien Indifference

It was a typical morning in Immigration Judge Stephen Sholomson’s packed courtroom. Fifty or so people – immigrants, their lawyers, interpreters — crammed into the tiny room on the 17th floor of a bank building next to Pershing Square. More immigrants and lawyers ambled in the hallway outside, waiting to be summoned when their case was called. A security guard tried to manage the chaos.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

In the Shadows of War

A visit to Glendale can offer more insight into the worsening situation in Iraq than a month’s worth of news reports.

As an immigration attorney in Encino, I see clients from all over the world. Over the past year, a steady stream of Iraqi Armenians has come to my office to apply for asylum in the United States. Many live in Glendale, a city whose population is about 40 percent ethnic Armenian.

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman

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