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Anti-Immigration Policies Receive Push Back

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's no secret that the Trump administration is doing what it can to discourage immigration, both illegal and legal.  Two news stories today showed push back against those trends. House Appropriations Committee Rebukes Asylum Guidance In a moment of bipartisanship, the United States House of Representatives House Appropriation Committee voted unanimously passed a measure that would overturn Attorney General Jeff Sessions's guidance that immigrants are prohibited from using claims of gang or domestic violence as a means to gain asylum.  The amendment bars funding from government efforts to enforce the issued guidance. The amendment is being attached to the spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.  It is not known if the measured passed by the House Appropriations Committee will ultimately be included in the final bill. See the full news story here. Lawsuit Against Census Citizenship Question Moves Forward A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to remove the newly added citizenship question from the 2020 census.  A question asking about citizenship has not been on the decennial census since 1950.  Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that the decision to reinstate the question was motivated by discrimination and will have a discriminatory effect.  The judge agreed. Critics have complained that asking the citizenship question will suppress responses to the census among both legal immigrants and undocumented immigrants.  Census counts are used to draw legislative districts, apportion seats in the United States House of Representatives, and to distribute federal revenue. See the full news story here. Immigration law is every changing.  If you have a question about immigration or would like to seek a temporary visa, green card, or U.S. citizenship, talk to one of our immigration lawyers today at 888-517-9888.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers 100% free initial consultations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Immigration News Updates

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With news flying a mile a minute, it's sometimes difficult to keep up.  Two recent immigration stories we've blogged about have been back in the news. Government on Track to Reunite Families Separated at the Border Original story: Federal Judge Rules that Separated Families Must be Reunited The judge who ordered the Trump administration to reunite migrant families separated at the border has said that the government is on track to meet the court-ordered deadline tomorrow.  According to administration figures, 1,637 parents are eligible to be reunited with their children.  1,012 of those parents have already been reunited with their children. Additional numbers were provided by the Justice Department.
  • 914 parents are ineligible to be reunited with their children.
  • 37 children separated at the border have not been matched with a parent.
  • 463 parents were possibly deported without their children.
  • 20 families have been deported after reunification.
See the full news story here. Judge Orders Release of Pizza Delivery Man from Immigration Detention Original story: Immigration Story out of New York is a Sign of the Times A judge ordered the immediate release of an undocumented man attempting to deliver pizza to a military base in New York City on Tuesday. Pablo Villavicencio Calderon has been in immigration detention since his arrest on June 1. At the time of his arrest, Calderon was married to an American citizen and had a pending green card application. Federal district court judge Paul A. Crotty, a George W. Bush appointee, granted Calderon a stay of deportation while his permanent residency case is considered. Crotty had some pointed questions for the U.S. government lawyer tasked with keeping Calderon locked up, asking if the government's case against Calderon displayed "any concept of justice". See the full news story here.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color="custom" border_width="2" accent_color="#90231a"][vc_column_text]The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth provides immigration legal help to people who want to work and live in the United States.  Our immigration lawyers can make the process of applying for permanent residency or a work visa simple.  For a free consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Eligibility for Temporary Disability Benefits

Topics: Workers' Compensation

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most injured workers understand that they guaranteed medical coverage through workers' compensation.  What is sometimes less known is that some injured workers are also eligible to recover a portion of lost wages through temporary disability benefits.  Experienced workers' compensation attorneys will inform clients when they are eligible for temporary disability benefits. In most circumstances, injured workers who are hospitalized overnight or are forced to miss work for three or more days of work are eligible for temporary disability benefits if the employer does not pay full wages for missed work.  If an injured worker is offered a lower paying position to accommodate the injury, the worker can seek to recover some of the wage difference. It is important to remember that temporary disability benefits do not pay 100% for missed work or wage differences.  Benefits are capped at 2/3 of the difference between what you were previously earning weekly and what you are currently earning, up to a certain amount.  In 2018, the maximum temporary total disability benefit is $1,215.27 weekly.  Whatever amount you receive, temporary disability benefits are not considered taxable income. Do you have questions about temporary disability benefits under California workers' compensation law?  Call the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free consultation..  We help injured workers recover physically and financially.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Is Cash Bail Going Away?

Topics: Criminal Defense

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bail is a tool used by the judicial branch to ensure that defendants appear in court.  For minor crimes, judges may release defendants awaiting trial without requiring bail, called a release "on their own recognizance".  For more serious crimes or for repeat offenders, judges may require a certain amount of money as collateral to release a defendant.  That money, called cash bail, is returned when the defendant appears in court.  Should a defendant miss their court date or "skip bail", he or she forfeits the entirety of the money. Many defendants cannot afford bail.  An estimated 5,000 people eligible for bail remain locked up in LA. County jail every night because they do not have the resources to post bail.  One option available to defendants who cannot afford bail is to seek a bail bond.  Bail bond companies will pay your bail for you for a fee, generally around 10 percent of the full bail amount.  For example, if bail is set at $1,000, a defendant would need to promise to pay $100 to a bail bondsmen, who would then post bail on the defendant's behalf. Many criminal defense advocates have complained about the unfairness of the cash bail system.  Indeed, there is a national debate over the fairness of the cash bail system.
  • New Jersey and New York have made significant changes to their existing system, with New Jersey completely doing away with cash bail.
  • A 2017 study recommended phasing out the cash bail system and replacing it with a risk-based pretrial assessment.
  • A January ruling by a California appeals court ruled a strict cash bail system as unconstitutional.  Since the ruling, judges must consider a defendant's ability to pay when a bail amount is set.
  • State legislators have been considering changes to the cash bail system since 2017, before the recent court ruling.  The debate is ongoing.  The legislation, SB 10, can be read in its entirety here.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth understands the difficulties of the bail system in California and are currently monitoring any possible changes in the law.  We work with prosecutors and judges to ensure our criminal defense clients face clear and fair pretrial actions.  Our defense team fights to ensure a fair bail amount is set.  For a free legal consultation with a criminal defense attorney, call us today at 888-517-9888![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Carpool Lane Violations

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you drive the freeways during rush hour, it's impossible to miss the many carpool violations that occur every day.  Crossing the double yellow lines, double white lines, or even quadruple lines to dash into or out of the carpool lane is incredibly dangerous, putting other motorists on the road at risk.  If you listen to the radio on your drive, you've surely heard about Sigalerts where the carpool and left lanes are closed due to an accident.  Quite often, these crashes occur due to a driver attempting to enter or exit the carpool lane illegally. The penalty for entering or exiting the carpool lane illegally costs a minimum $491.  It is also considered a moving violation and is considered a point against your drivers license.  Points against your drivers license can increase insurance rates and even lead to a suspension of driving privileges.  It's also incredibly dangerous.  Any driver in the process of illegally changing to or from the carpool lane who is involved in a crash will almost certainly be placed at fault. The other type of carpool violation is driving in the HOV lane without enough passengers or a HOV lane sticker.  That fine is also a minimum $491, but doesn't count against your driving record.  Illegal usage of the carpool lane is akin to a parking ticket and is not a DMV point. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps the victims of car accidents.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a negligent carpool lane driver, or any other negligent driver, our car accident lawyers can help you pay your medical bills and fix your car.  Call us today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free injury consultation. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Introducing the New Greencard888.com

Topics: From Our Office, Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Greencard888.com is an immigration information resource provided by the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth.  U.S. immigration law is complicated.  Our immigration attorneys works to make it as simple as possible for foreign nationals who wish to live and work legally in the United States. We've revamped the website to provide more relevant information that is easier to read!  We will continue to add updated information relevant to the immigration laws of the United States. For a free immigration consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Immigrant Military Recruits Being Discharged Without Warning

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 2008, the George W. Bush administration initiated a program designed to recruit immigrants into the United States armed forces to fill skill and language gaps throughout the military.  The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MANVI) program offered expedited naturalization to immigrants who enlisted in the United States military.  The program was only offered to immigrants or foreigners who were legally in the country.  At least 10,000 military recruits have been through MANVI. Now, the Trump administration appears to be dismantling the program, going so far as to unexpectedly discharge service members and reservists without explanation.  A recent AP story details how many enlisted immigrants who were promised a path to U.S. citizenship now face an uncertain future.  Explanations for why the service members were being discharged are being told they are security risks.  Several of them have filed lawsuit in an attempt to undo the discharge orders. It is likely that more information about the Trump administration's decision to discharge these immigrant recruits will come to light in future reporting. News affecting immigration has been coming at a fast clip over the past few months.  The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth actively stays on top of the news in order to best serve our immigration clients.  Immigration to the United States has become much more difficult in the current political climate.  Our immigration attorneys strive to ensure our clients are treated fairly.  For a free consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Happy American Independence Day!

Topics: From Our Office

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From all of us at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, have a safe and happy American Independence Day!  Whether you're a citizen, immigrant, or visitor, please enjoy the loudest of American holidays responsibly. Typically, July 4th weekend is regarded as the most dangerous holidays on the roadways.  This year, however, July 4th falls on a Wednesday.  While we may avoid some of the dangers of Independence Day weekend, drivers must still be vigilant tomorrow as July 4th is often the most deadly day of the year.  Please, do not drink and drive. Our offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.  Free consultations for car accidents, workers' compensation, immigration, DUI defense, and all of our practice areas will resume on Thursday.  Call us at 888-517-9888![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]