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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

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

Make Way for the Iraqis

By Pamela Hartman Refugees from the war in Iraq are resettling in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, bringing with them little more than the shirts on their backs and harrowing tales of kidnap and murder, lives threatened and futures

Posted in Articles by Pamela Hartman, Los Angeles Daily Journal

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Immigration Impact

  • Sessions Ends Administrative Closure at the...
    05/18/2018

    Altering decades of practice in immigration court and placing immense pressure on an overburdened immigration court system, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision in an immigration case on Thursday declaring immigration judges do not have general authority to administratively close cases. […]

  • New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and...
    05/17/2018

    In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign […]