The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims to reverse the former administration’s tight immigration policies and overhaul immigration laws
Abogada Nancy Reyes Guarderas of the Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is scheduled to appear on California radio and TV stations to discuss the backlog of immigration cases, when things may start moving again, forthcoming changes to immigration laws, and what immigrants should be doing right now as they wait for new immigration policies to go into effect.
As the immigrant community waits to see how the new administration will change immigration policy and laws, Guarderas wants to remind immigrants to start taking action now because preparation will take time and everyone will want to take advantage of any new opportunities as soon as they become available.
Immigrants that have previously been detained at the border; filed an immigration application in the past; been in removal (deportation) proceedings or have a criminal history– now is the time to speak with an attorney to seek all of your records and have them analyzed by an attorney. These records will be imperative in order to take advantage of the positive changes coming in the near future.
Guarderas also reminds immigrants that laws don’t have to change for new policies to go into effect.
“I know that for our immigrant community, change cannot come quick enough, but we need to be patient as the new administration starts to put all the players in place and begins laying a solid foundation to start building our new immigration laws and unraveling the past administration’s policies. Take advantage of this time to get all your records and investigations ready,” said Guarderas.
As the new administration and key government directors start implementing actions authorized by the new Commander in Chief’s executive orders over the next three months, we expect to see barriers begin to crumble that will allow immigrants to pursue benefits they were too afraid to pursue or ineligible for in the past.
The new administration has already made several immigration policy changes, including reversing the ban on travel, stopping construction of the southern border wall, and creating a plan to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The new administration has many more plans for immigration with reform that could put as many as 11 million people on the path to U.S. citizenship. Some of the other expected changes include:
- An increase in the number of employment-based green cards issued each year– the current cap is 140,000.
- Increase the amount of U-Visas from 10,000 to 30,000 per year.
- An increase in the number of high-skilled visas, including the H-1B, as well as eliminating the limit on employment-based visas by country.
- Support for family-based immigration by allowing any approved applicant to receive a temporary non-immigrant visa to enter the US until the permanent visa is processed. Also, supporting legislation that treats the spouse and children of green card holders as the immediate relatives they are, exempting them from caps, and allowing parents to bring their minor children with them when they immigrate.
Immigrants must act now in order to take advantage of the new policies as they become available.
Nancy Reyes Guarderas is an expert on immigration rights and visas, as she has been advocating and guiding her clients through the immigration process since 1998. Guarderas has extensive experience filing affirmative and defensive applications for her clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. She has also conducted hearings before the United States Immigration Court, briefing and appealing before the Administrative Appeals Office, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Guarderas has helped thousands of clients with direct services, conducted community outreach for thousands of people, and trained hundreds of private and non-profit attorneys, social workers, and law students through panels, training, and guest lecturer opportunities at USC’s School of Social Work and Loyola Law School.
Listen to Abogada Nancy Reyes Guarderas discuss the anticipated changes in policy:
Monday @ 7:00AM & 9:00AM on La Raza 97.9(KLAX-FM) & La Raza 93.3 (KRZZ-FM) with El Terrible
Monday & Tuesday @ 1:15PM on Amor 100.3- Univision Radio (KBRG-FM) with Glorybella
Monday & Friday @ 3:00PM on Recuerdo 103.9/98.3 (KRCD-FM) with Maria Esther
Monday @ 3:10PM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Erazno y La Chokolata
Tuesday @ 1:50PM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo
Tuesday & Thursday @ 8:20AM on Que Buena 105.5/94.3 (KBUE-FM) with Don Cheto
Wednesday & Friday @ 10:00AM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Irma Covarrubias
Wednesday @ 2:25PM on LA 101.9 & Que Buena 98.9 – Univision Radio (KSCA-FM & KSOL-FM) with La Bronca
Wednesday @ 4:45PM on K-LOVE 107.5- Univision Radio (KLVE-FM) with Ysaac Alvarez
Thursday @ 8:00 AM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Alex “El Genio” Lucas
Thursday @ 1:00 PM on Que Buena 98.9 – Univision Radio (KSOL-FM) with El Zorro
Thursday @ 6:00 PM on La Raza 93.3 (KRZZ-FM) with El Compa Gil
Visit laligadefensora.com for a full interview schedule.
About Nancy Reyes Guarderas
Nancy Reyes Guarderas is an immigration attorney, licensed to practice in the State of California, since 1998. Prior to joining The Matian Firm dba La Liga Defensora, Mrs. Reyes Guarderas was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) as an immigration attorney. LAFLA serves as the frontline law firm for poor and low-income people in Los Angeles. She also serves as a regular Legal Analyst for Univision TV and Radio. Mrs. Reyes Guarderas delivers important legal information, explains nuances and complexities in immigration law and provides breaking news and analysis on the changing landscape of immigration legislation.
About the Matian Firm
The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora, is a California-based immigration law, criminal defense, employment law, and personal injury law firm. Under the direction of the firm’s President, Shawn F. Matian, Esq., The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is dedicated to providing zealous advocacy on behalf of their clients. A continuous practice of reinvestment into the firm serves to enhance Matian’s mission. With a combined 40,000 square feet of newly built office space and over 175 employees, The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is one of the fastest-growing law firms in all of California.
The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora has helped tens of thousands of clients with their immigration, criminal and injury cases, by providing excellent legal services. This consistent track record of outstanding work has been notably recognized by the legal community as evidenced by the many awards that have been bestowed upon the firm including: Super Lawyers | Rising Stars; The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Lawyers of Distinction Award; Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award; 10 Best Law Firms Client Satisfaction; and Avvo’s Client Choice Award, amongst other accolades.
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