Immigration News – Politico article attached

President Trump did not take any action today regarding NAFTA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and Politico reports that, according to a USCIS spokesperson, DACA applications and renewals continue to be processed normally. Here’s an article from POLITICO that you might find interesting: Trump administration signals no immediate reversal on Dreamer program By Josh Gerstein Updated 01/23/17 03:01 PM EST Applications from so-called Dreamers seeking to renew their immigration status and work permits are being processed normally, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the program set up by President Barack Obama is illegal, a government spokesman said Monday. A spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told POLITICO Monday that there was no immediate change to how the agency handles applications and renewals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Obama set up in … Continue reading

May’s edition of Contra Costa Lawyer: Guest Editor, Erika Portillo, on Immigration

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, May 2016 Erika Portillo | May 01, 2016 | Comments 0 How beneficial and realistic would building a border wall and removing millions of undocumented immigrants really be? Immigration has been a top issue in the 2016 presidential race. In particular, the top contender for the Republican Party nomination, Donald Trump, has been very outspoken about illegal immigration. He has proposed the creation of a “Great Wall” that he plans to build between the United States and Mexico, and the removal of the approximately 11.3 million undocumented people living in the U.S. Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants during his June 16, 2015, campaign announcement caused outrage among the Hispanic community, and many corporations decided to end their business relationships with him. In that speech, Trump said Mexico is “sending people that have lots of problems” … Continue reading

With fire in her heart and truth on her lips

By Tim Crews, The Sacramento Valley Mirror, Publisher Published March 29, 2014 Willows – Erika Portillo is an attorney with two rules before all others: Tell your clients the truth and take a case only when you have a passion for it. She and others from the Davis and Concord firm of Guichard, Teng & Portello have opened an office, here, primarily for Ms. Portillo’s immigration law practice. She herself is an immigrant, coming to the U.S. after a career in Mexico as a prosecutor and as a lawyer with a civil practice. She came here, took a law degree, taught herself English and passed the bar.  Passing the California bar is a major challenge.  She was admitted to the bar in 2007. But what makes Ms. Portillo’s practice remarkable is her source of passion for the law. “I was … Continue reading

Federal Government Reduces Waiting Time For Immigrants And Families To Be Reunited

A long-awaited change in immigration law for U.S. citizens married to undocumented immigrants is on its way. On January 6, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on the Federal Register its plan to reduce the time that U.S. citizens are separated from their spouses and children while those family members go through the process of becoming legal residents. Currently, undocumented spouses and sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who have accrued a certain period of unlawful presence in the United States and have to leave the country as part of the legal immigration process, are barred from returning to their U.S. families for as long as 3 or 10 years. However, they can receive a waiver to allow them to return to their families by showing that their U.S. citizen family member would face extreme hardship as … Continue reading