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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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2019-05-25May 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.  

 

2019-04-27Apr 27, 2019

The efforts of the Trump Administration to restrict immigration into the U.S. and target immigrants already here go far beyond the well-publicized separation of families at the border or the termination of the DACA program. The fact is that the Administration has implemented a comprehensive agenda to dramatically reduce legal immigration, deport undocumented immigrants, and deny asylum-seekers fair review of their claims.  Fortunately, California and its leaders are playing a prominent role in the fight against this stridently anti-immigrant agenda. 

2019-04-04Apr 4, 2019

It was an American Catholic priest and missionary who helped start Silver Canul on his American journey – by helping him cross the border illegally.  30 years later, Silver Canul owns two award-winning restaurants, Mayan Fusion, employing almost 100 people in Fort Bragg.

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).  

2019-01-23Jan 23, 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 laws are a bit complicated but here’s a basic introduction.

 

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