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Policy changes re US immigration law cause concern for victims

When a California resident is a victim of a crime, the aftermath can cause much fear and turmoil. When the victim is an immigrant who did not enter the country legally, the situation can be even more frightening. These individuals may fear deportation and other negative consequences for reporting the crimes. Fortunately, U-visas can help immigrant crime victims if they meet certain stipulations, but unfortunately, policy changes relating to U.S. immigration law are putting those victims at risk.

It was recently reported that policy changes regarding the rules for continuances on cases have occurred in attempts to address the significant backlog of immigration cases. Immigration cases can take years to complete, including those for U-visas. On average, U-visa cases can take four years to close.

Now, policy changes are not giving enough time to settle cases properly. In fact, immigration judges now have a quota of 700 cases to clear each year before they can receive a satisfactory rating. As a result, judges are left with options to close cases or provide voluntary departure while a U-visa is pending. As a result, crime victims may not be able to receive the protection they need.

U.S. immigration law constantly sees changes, and it may seem that way more so now than previously. As a result, immigrants looking to find ways to remain in the United States may feel even more worried about their cases. Still, it is important for these individuals to remember that they can enlist the help of California immigration law attorneys throughout their journeys in order to understand policy changes and other aspects of their cases.

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