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Immigrant Stories - Christopher A. Kerosky

Christopher A. Kerosky has practiced law since 1984 and has handled over 1000 immigration cases and over 500 civil and litigation matters. He also serves as a Member of the Human Rights Commission for Sonoma County, appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. In his Gazette column, he writes about immigration issues that impact the lives of local immigrants, their families, and employers. To learn more, please visit or on its Facebook page. If you’re interested in helping, please email

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2020-01-25Jan 25, 2020

Life seemed very promising for Ya-Chi Tang in 2007.  She had immigrated from Taiwan with her dad at age 6. Then Angela’s father suddenly died of a heart attack. In an instant, Angela became undocumented. Then in 2013, Angela was granted a reprieve from deportation through DACA. Angela finally obtained her permanent residence in 2018, after 10 years of proceedings with the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service. 

2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019

Our laws provide legal status for immigrant victims of domestic violence (DV) and other serious crimes to stay in this country on a temporary status, similar to DACA.  In addition, they can often be eligible for permanent residence status in this country.  So few solutions exist for undocumented immigrants under our laws; this is one that should not be overlooked.  The purpose of these laws is not only to alleviate the harm suffered by victims of such violence, but also to encourage crime victims to come forth and report crimes so perpetrators can be caught and punished.

2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019

Throughout the North Bay, Christmas is honored by families in the rich tradition of their native Mexico. In Sonoma County, there is an annual Italian Christmas Festival sponsored by the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation. The Charles Schulz Museum hosts a free Chanukah celebration on December 8th called Hands On Chanukah Family Celebration. Music is such a large part of Irish life and equally at Christmas.  The Green Center is hosting a celebration of Irish Christmas this year: Danú, An Emerald Isle Christmas. Nothing symbolizes Russian Christmas more than the Nutcracker ballet.  This year you can enjoy a performance of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker right here in Sonoma County.

2019-11-04Nov 4, 2019

On November 12th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the DACA law; the Justices’ decision will determine whether approximately 800,000 immigrants lose their status. That same day, our local PBS-TV station, KRCB, will broadcast for the first time the story of one former DACA-recipient, Cristian Fertino – the latest production of My American Dreams, our locally-based non-profit that tells inspiring stories of immigrants.

2019-09-24Sep 24, 2019

DACA or “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” permits immigrants who came before the age of 16 and have been in the U.S. at least 12 years to obtain a work permit. On November 12th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the validity of the Trump Administration’s cancellation of the DACA program.  A decision is expected in June 2020—when the country will be in the midst of the next presidential campaign.  That high court ruling will effectively determine if 800,000 young people with temporary legal status will suddenly be subject to deportation. 

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