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If you are living in California on a visa, as a permanent resident, or you are undocumented, a criminal charge or conviction can have severe consequences on your immigration status. However, some crimes minimally impact immigration status. Suppose you have been charged with a crime in California. In that case, it is essential to speak with a qualified immigration attorney who can explain how your immigration status will be impacted if you are convicted.

The Importance Of Hiring A Criminal And Immigration Law Attorney

Your California criminal conviction can directly impact whether you are deported and whether you can return to the United States in the future. Hiring an attorney with a strong understanding of federal and state criminal and immigration laws can significantly improve the outcome of your particular situation.

Since Vladimir Putin announced the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, many countries worldwide have shown their support for Ukraine. President Biden has been vocal about the United States’ commitment to helping Ukrainian refugees. On April 21, 2022, he announced Uniting for Ukraine, a program that provides temporary support for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members hoping to flee the Russian invasion. If you would like to help Ukrainian citizens come to the United States, a general understanding of the processes can help you decide if the program is right for you.

Who Can Support Ukrainians And Their Families?

If you decide you would like to apply to become a supporter of a Ukrainian citizen or family, you must fill out and submit an I-134 Form. Uniting for Ukraine requires supporters to have the financial ability to provide aid to Ukrainians, so the Form will require you to provide proof that you have the necessary financial resources. Proof of financial ability will require you to show that you can support the person or family for up to two years. Having “financial ability” does not mean you need extraordinary resources and unlimited money. It does mean that you should consider whether you can ensure the following needs are met for the individual or family:

Just over a week ago, Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted a sad Thanksgiving message reminding voters that thanks to immigration policies in the U.S., not all families get to spend Thanksgiving together. Sanders had just released an immigration plan two days prior to the tweet, which calls for policies that reform detention programs and deportation, welcome immigrants into our country, and provide a “legislative roadmap to citizenship” for immigrants. According to the article at Bustle.com, there are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Sanders’ plan supports uniting families instead of tearing them apart. According to his website, Sanders believes we are a nation of immigrants. As the son of an immigrant, Sanders’ father came to the U.S. from Poland, completely broke. Sanders says that his family’s story is an example of the story of America, one in which families come to the U.S. to work hard and provide a better future and freedom for their children. In his plan, Sanders wants to bring back undocumented immigrants who have been deported if they have immediate family living in the country; this is according to USA Today.

Sanders’ plan includes six specific reforms designed to assist immigrants, which some have called radical. Among these reforms Sanders wants to respect local communities while making certain our border remains secure, dismantle detention centers and deportation programs which he calls “inhumane,” help the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. obtain citizenship via a fair and swift legislative roadmap, and reverse the criminalization of immigrants while making access to justice easier.

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