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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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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. 

2019-08-24Aug 24, 2019

The debate about immigration in this country suffers from a preponderance of misinformation, much of which is disseminated by politicians and amplified by social media.  I address 7 of the most common myths here.

2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019

A few readers have responded to my recent columns with something I’ve heard many times from those who try to justify Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on immigration: “I’m not against people coming here, I just want them to do it the right way.”  under our current immigration laws, the "right way" takes 23 years if you’re from Mexico (waiting period for sponsorship through parent and sibling categories)—approximately twice as long as it takes if you're from virtually any other country in the world.

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

Once again, Donald Trump has declared his intention to start raids against our immigrant communities. (“ICE”) has formulated a plan to find and deport thousands of immigrants, and announced that it will be implemented starting this weekend. I’ve written the detailed description below as a guide for immigrants as to their legal rights and remedies when confronted byICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

2019-06-26Jun 26, 2019

In 2012, I met Rocio, a shy freshman from a local high school who wanted to intern at our law office.  She told me she was a child of immigrants who was determined to make a difference in immigrants’ lives.   Rocio spent four years interning with us after school, then graduated as valedictorian and was awarded a Gates Foundation full-ride scholarship to Georgetown School of Foreign Service.  This year she graduated from Georgetown and has accepted a job at a non-profit in New York City serving the immigrant community there.  I wanted to tell her story to convey in her own words the challenges that many children of immigrants experience.

2019-05-25May 25, 2019

Many North Bay businesses received a surprise in the mail recently: letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA), notifying them that certain social security numbers they reported for their employees do not match the SSA database.  This has created concern among many local employers and their workers, who fear this might be the first step toward an investigation by ICE.  When these letters arrive, many undocumented immigrants choose to quit their jobs rather than face possible detention and deportation.   The Trump Administration announced that they are have been sending out over 500,000 such letters since March. Apparently, this was a result of the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order issued by Donald Trump earlier this year.  


2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

You may think it is self-evident that an immigrant who marries a U.S. citizen can get their green card (permanent residence) and stay in this country.  Most Americans I meet assume this is the case.  The truth is quite different. The anti-Mexican bias in our immigration laws is one of the government’s best-kept secrets. 

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