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Los Angeles Illegal Immigration

Posted on: September 21, 2009 at 6:50 p.m.

Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys who represent people trapped up in Los Angeles immigration issues must have a keen sense of the law, as well as a skilled knowledge of how to navigate Los Angeles courts.  Immigration is currently a hot button topic, as it always is, and criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles know how desperate some people can become.  With Los Angeles immigrationlaws constantly changing, it can be a challenging existence. Being an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles can be a challenging existence, and a new ballot initiative developed by several California residents is set to make it even more difficult.  The ballot initiative calls for the end of public benefits for illegal immigrants, cut off welfare payments to the children of illegal immigrants that are born in here and even goes so far as to suggest new notations on birth certificates that would indicate the foreign status of the child’s parents.  Drafters of the initiative even question at times the legal status of children born to illegal immigrant parents here in the United States on the grounds that since their parents are illegal immigrants and are not subject to the nation’s jurisdiction, the children should not be, either.  With the recent economic downturn, supporters of the initiative claim illegal immigrants and their children are draining potential billions of dollars in the state’s deficit-heavy budget.  Illegal immigrants accused of crimes in Los Angeles are in a particularly precarious position.  Aside from the obvious threat of deportation, illegal immigrants in Los Angeles could find themselves in jail and trapped in a legal limbo while immigration officials try to decide exactly what to do with them.  In many cases, illegal immigrants convicted of crimes are given prison sentences then still deported after their sentences are completed.  While Los Angeles immigration status is not supposed to be a factor in arrests or convictions, as much as 17% of California’s prisoners are not citizens of the United States.  Immigrants, whether legal or illegal, come to Los Angeles from all over the world looking for opportunity.  What many unfortunately find is racism.  If you or someone you know is an illegal immigrant being accused of a criminal offense, call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today.  Our combined 50 years of courtroom experience in defending against criminal charges will fight for both your freedom and your dignity.

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