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Busy Week in Immigration News

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This week saw a lot of important immigration news stories. Immigration in the Trump era is changing in many ways. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth closely monitors all changes and all possible changes to immigration law to best serve our clients. For a free immigration consultation, call 888-517-9888. Here are a few of the recent stories we are monitoring.

Immigrants Could be Denied Residency for Common Tax Deductions

According to a draft proposal of new immigration guidelines, immigration caseworkers would have to consider popular tax breaks as a factor in the determination of whether an immigrant is a 'public charge'. Under current guidelines, immigrants receiving cash welfare payments are considered a public charge. Under the new guidelines, the earned-income tax credit, healthcare subsidies, and non-cash public benefits would also be factors. This change is seen as a pretense to reduce legal immigration. See the full news story.

Temporary Status for Liberians to End

Liberians in the United States have been under a temporary protective immigration status called Deferred Enforced Departure since a 1999 civil war. In ending the program, the Trump administration has noted that Liberia is currently not at war and has concluded reconstruction. The decision to end the program is reminiscent of the ending of temporary protective status for Salvadorans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans. See the full news story.

Pregnant Women No Longer Automatically Released from Immigration Detention

Under a policy guideline enacted during the Obama administration, pregnant women were usually released from federal custody. The Trump administration has rescinded that policy, drawing strong reactions from immigrants rights organizations. It is unknown exactly what affect this new policy decision will have on the detention of pregnant women. See the full news story.

Orange County Joins Trump Administration Lawsuit Against Sanctuary Law

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Trump administration lawsuit against the California sanctuary state law. See the full news story.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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California Workers’ Compensation Medial Provider Suspensions Now at 227

Topics: Workers' Compensation

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the wake of Assembly Bill 1244, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has now suspended 227 medical providers from providing treatment to injured California workers. AB 1244 was passed in an attempt to limit workers' compensation fraud; it suspends any medical provider previously cited with illegal activity. A separate bill, Assembly Bill 1160, allows the dismissal of illegitimate liens filed by the suspended providers. To date, more than 30,000 fraudulent liens have been dismissed, with more than 465,000 liens have been frozen pending criminal cases. The removal of these fraudulent expenses could lead to improved workers' compensation benefits, a reduction in premiums, and improvement in services. Workers' compensation in California is difficult enough to handle without fraudulent providers trying to game the system. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth works with its clients to make the injury recovery process as simple as possible. If you have suffered a work injury, contact our law firm today at 888-517-9888 to speak with our team of workers' compensation legal experts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Dreamers Left in Limbo after Spending Bill Proposal

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Numerous provisions affecting immigration have made it in to Congress' 1.3 trillion spending bill, but the most glaring omission is the lack of any new laws protecting recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Dreamers, immigrants who entered the country illegally when they were children, have been passed around as a political football in recent months.  The Trump administration ended the DACA program, which allowed many dreamers to live and work in the country legally, last September.  Recent court cases have kept the program alive. While the bill has not yet been passed, and anything is possible, here are some immigration proposals that are currently in the bill.
  • Increased funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), allowing for an additional 328 CBP officers
  • Requirement for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reduce the number of beds in detention centers
  • $1.6 billion for border wall funding, with limitations on how that money can be spent
  • An increase of $1.34 billion for the Census Bureau
What's not in the bill?
  • Protections for DACA recipients
  • $25 billion for border wall funding
  • Funding to increase the number of ICE detention beds
  • Penalties against so-called "sanctuary cities"
The deadline for the spending bill to be passed before a government shutdown is this Friday.  The House of Representatives has passed the bill which now moves to the Senate. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth carefully monitors all legislation pertaining to immigration.  Staying up to date on possible changes to immigration law can help us better serve our clients.  If you or a loved one needs help from an immigration attorney, contact us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free immigration consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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The Autonomous Vehicle Safety Debate

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A debate over the safety of autonomous vehicles and other driver-less technologies has erupted after an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday night.  The incident is marked as the first fatality involving any autonomous vehicle.  The pedestrian was attempting to cross 8 lanes of traffic outside of the crosswalk when she was struck, posing questions about the ability of self-driving cars to identify unexpected obstacles.  Uber has halted all autonomous vehicle testing due to the incident. Traffic fatalities are an unfortunate part of every day life.  Tens of thousands of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are killed every year by cars with people in control.  Some ethics experts argue that once machine-driven vehicles are safe enough to cause fewer fatal accidents than human-driven vehicles, the correct course of action would be to only allow machine-driven vehicles on the roads.  It does not appear that autonomous vehicles are at that threshold just yet. As autonomous vehicles become more common, more crashes will occur.  To date, most crashes involving self-driving cars have been the fault of other vehicles.  Fault for the Arizona crash has not yet been fully determined, but the Tempe Police Chief has stated that Uber "would likely not be at fault in this accident."  According to footage of the crash, the backup driver in the Uber vehicle had no time to react to the pedestrian.  Time of day and road design are also considered possible factors in the incident. This news story will be developing as further information about the incident unfolds.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth closely monitors all possible changes to car accident law in California, and throughout the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Immigration Enforcement Action Ends in Tragedy

Topics: Auto Accident, Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An undocumented immigrant couple was killed in a rollover car crash this week while trying to evade Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers who pulled them over near Delano.  ICE believed the male driver was a different undocumented immigrant who was being sought for arrest.  The couple, identified as Santos Hilario Garcia, 35, and Marcelina Garcia Profecto, 33, leaves behind six children and one grandchild. According to news reports, ICE agents were staking out the wrong house early Tuesday morning when Garcia and Profecto left the house and drove away in an SUV.  ICE pulled the vehicle over, but when the agents emerged from the vehicle, Garcia sped away, eventually losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a power pole and overturning.  Garcia and Profecto were pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if ICE had an active order to remove either immigrant from the country.  The couple was from the Mexican state of Guerrero and did not speak English nor Spanish.  A fear of a communication barrier may have caused the couple to flee.  The couple was reportedly seeking work on local farms when the tragedy occurred. Many undocumented immigrants in California and across the country are rightly worried about possible immigration action.  Arrests of undocumented immigrants without a criminal history are significantly higher in recent months.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth strongly recommends seeking any possible avenue to legal residency.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Tired Because of Daylight Saving? So Are Millions of Other Drivers

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many people welcome the 'fall back' portion of Daylight Saving because of the potential extra hour or sleep.  The "spring forward" part is less celebrated, and the potential lack of sleep has been associated with an increased number of car accidents on the Monday following.  Scientific researchers estimate that people springing forward lose about 40 minutes of sleep. Drowsy driving is incredibly dangerous.  According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, in 2013, 72,000 crashes were reportedly the result of drowsy drivers, resulting in 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths.  These numbers are believed to be underestimated.  If there was one day in the year when more drivers are drowsy than any other, it could possibly be today.  Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe Daylight Saving, leaving about 315 million people 40 minutes sleep deprived.  It may not be coincidence that today is also National Napping Day. There have been several discussions about ending Daylight Saving Time, but none have gained traction.  Until the time when it is abandoned, try to get some sleep and use extra caution while on the roads today.  If you have been injured in an auto accident, you need to contact experienced car accident lawyers.  Call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free legal consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Law Offices of Scott Warmuth Attends Community Events

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth cares greatly about the local community.  We have attended several recent events in the area, including the Lunar New Year Festival in Alhambra, the grand opening of the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel hotel, and a fundraiser for California 39th district congressional candidate Jay Chen. We took some pictures at the recent events, which we've posted below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2928" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2929" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2931" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2932" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2936" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2933" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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As DACA Deadline Passes, Nothing Changes

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the March 5th deadline passed, no action has yet been taken to address the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.  Immigration activists across the country rallied in support of DACA yesterday, trying to shine the light back on the uncertainty DACA recipients face.  DACA status allows many young undocumented immigrants to work and study in the United States without fear of deportation. The lack of congressional urgency in finding a legislative solution to DACA is mostly due to a nationwide legal injunction in place preventing the Trump administration from ending the popular program while legal challenges proceed.  DACA recipients were originally banned from reapplying for DACA protections as the program winded down, but court rulings have allowed renewals to continue.  While new DACA applications are no longer being considered, the ruling allows about 690,000 DACA recipients to renew their protections. The risk that the legal injunction allowing renewals will be lifted is real, which could immediately stop DACA renewals.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth encourages anyone who is eligible for a DACA renewal to process their applications as soon as possible.  If someone is not quite eligible to renew but his or her renewal date is approaching, prepare a renewal application in advance.  If you or a loved one needs assistance with a DACA renewal or have any other immigration needs, contact our offices today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free immigration consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Storms Moving in Overnight – Drive Carefully!

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rain is in the forecast overnight Thursday and in to Friday afternoon, possibly creating dangerous driving conditions throughout Southern California.  Rainy weather typically causes a dramatic increase in the number of car accidents that occur on the freeway system. Fortunately for most Southern Californians, we will only be experiencing rain.  The residents of some states on the east coast will have much worse conditions to brave, and we hope they weather the storm safely.  We are lucky enough to rarely have icy weather on most of our roadways, but the storm this past Sunday was one of those exceptions.  Numerous crashes were reported throughout the area involving icy conditions, including several multi-car incidents on the Pearblossom Highway, including a 20-car pileup. A brief reminder of how to drive safely in rainy weather:
  • Drive slower
  • Slow down sooner
  • Avoid following other vehicles too closely
  • Turn on your headlights
  • Do not use your brights
  • Avoid standing water
  • Ensure your vehicle is ready for rain
Car accidents can happen at anytime.  If you've suffered an injury, contact the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth at 888-517-9888 for a free legal consultation.  We can help you recover from your injuries, get your car repaired, and seek compensation for your pain and suffering.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]