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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 www.MyAmericanDreams.org or on its Facebook page. If you’re interested in helping, please email contact@myamericandreams.org

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2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

All of us see the workers in the fields tending the vineyards throughout the year as we drive our beautiful Sonoma County roads. You may wonder: can a person working in those fields get a green card by way of their job at the winery? The answer might surprise you.

2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

All of us see the workers in the fields tending the vineyards throughout the year as we drive our beautiful Sonoma County roads.  You may wonder: can a person working in those fields get a green card by way of their job at the winery? The answer might surprise you. Yes, if you are a winemaker. But no if you are an unskilled worker. The federal government has a special visa for temporary foreign professionals hired by a U.S. employer, known as the H-1b.  The H-1B visa is frequently used to hire IT professionals in Silicon Valley or elsewhere; it also works for winemakers (and their assistant winemakers).  

2018-12-29Dec 29, 2018

On Sunday, November 25, I casually turned on the BBC news and heard the screams of women and children — they playing audio of American border agents shooting tear gas at a crowd at the border. A sob broke through me, and I instantly knew I had reached my breaking point. Often, I’ve wondered what would need to happen to make me put down my sign and act in a more concrete way to protest the actions of our government. This was it. It was incomprehensible to accept children being knowingly shot at with anything, much less tear gas. I knew right away that I had to go stand in the way should our government try it again. I took a few days to formulate my plan and sent out an email to a group of my friends and family letting them know I was heading down to San Diego to deliver donations to refugees in the migrant camp.

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

The Supreme Court decision five years ago changed the lives of couples like Maben and Robert forever.  “Being allowed to marry and have that marriage recognized by the federal government was crucial for us,” says Maben.  “It’s all about securing the basic legal protections and rights every couple needs.”  Robert ads that while it has always been possible to create LGBT families, “it is important for people to understand it was challenging, costly and you felt inferior and less worthy. Not so now.”

2018-10-24Oct 24, 2018

This Thanksgiving let us give thanks to those who put the food and drink on our tables.  In this County, that’s done largely by Mexican-born immigrants, many of them undocumented. Muchas gracias a cada uno.

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

One judge can make a huge difference in many lives—including the lives of immigrants. 

In 2015, one federal judge in Texas unilaterally blocked an Executive Order issued by President Obama called DAPA that would have extended a reprieve from deportation and a work permit to 5 million people.  Later that same year, the difference on the federal appeals court was one judge in a 2-1 ruling affirming the decision of that Texas judge. 

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

Under Proposition 64, marijuana is now legal in California for those over 21 years old—at least under state law. However, cannabis use is still a crime under federal law and the potential penalties are severe for those who are not U.S. citizens.

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