Immigration Assistance

Issues: Immigration

My office is very limited in what it can do to solve a constituent’s problems with immigration. However, there are a lot of great local organizations available where people can get free or low-cost assistance and legal advice with their immigration issues.

Asian Pacific American Legal Center
http://www.apalc.org/
1145 Wilshire Blvd.
2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 977-7500

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
http://www.chirla.org/
2533 W. Third Street
Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 353-1333

Legal Aid Foundation
http://www.lafla.org/
5228 E. Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(800) 399-4529

NALEO Educational Fund
1122 W. Washington Blvd.
3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(888) 839-8682

Neighborhood Legal Services
http://www.nls-la.org/
9354 Telstar Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731
(800) 433-6251

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UPDATE: What to know about President Obama's Immigration Executive Action

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his plan to allow undocumented individuals to come forward and apply for protection from deportation and work authorization. The program has not officially started and applications are not available yet, but you can begin preparing now. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expects to accept applications within six months.

Here's what we know about the new programs:

  1. Executive action expanded the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children in the following ways:
    • Those who entred the U.S. before January 1, 2010 and meet all other DACA requirements are now eligible, regardless of how old they are today
    • Going forward, DACA relief will be granted for three years
  2. As of November 20, 2014, you are eligible for DACA if you:
    • Came to the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday and have no lawful status;
    • Have continuously residded in the U.S. before January 1, 2010, through the present time;
    • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
    • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed  Forces; and
    • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or personal safety.
  3. Executive action created a new program, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which will benefit parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The DAPA program requires:
    • Parents to have continuous residence in the U.S. since January 1, 2010;
    • Are the parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident born on or before November 20, 2014;
    • Are not an enforcement priority for removal from the U.S. pursuant to the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement priorities published on November 20, 2014.

Can I apply now?

No. Even if you may be eligible for these programs, you cannot apply for them yet! The government expects that it will start accepting applications for the expanded DACA program approximately 90 days following the President’s November 20, 2014 announcement.  And the government expects to be accepting  DAPA applications approximately 180 days following the President’s announcement.

How can I get ready?

  • If you know someone who is in immigration detention and is eligible for one of these programs, advise them to identify themselves to their case officer, or the ICE Information Line at 888-351-4024, and explain that they are eligible for one of these new programs.
  • Beware of notarios and immigration fraud.  Contact only a qualified immigration lawyer or accredited representative for your case. Click here for helpful information on reporting notario fraud (http://www.stopnotariofraud.org/)
  • If you believe you may be eligble, begin preparing now by gathering documents that prove:
    • That you were in the U.S. on Novemeber 20, 2014
    • That you have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010
    • That you have a U.S. citizen or lawful permament resident son or daughter
    • Get proof of who you are, such as a passport from your home country and birth certificate with a photo ID
  • See the top 10 ways you can prepare for Executive Action