Did you know that Shouse Law Group does immigration law?
Meet Andrés Ortiz, an experienced immigration attorney and former educator who practices out of our Los Angeles office.
About Andrés Ortiz
Andrés earned his law degree from Loyola Law School. But it was only after earning a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame and teaching elementary school that he decided to become a lawyer.
One day, a boy in Andrés 5th grade class came into the classroom white-faced and distraught. His mother had been picked up by ICE while taking the boy to school. The boy had come to school because he had no place else to go. “Seeing him and his family struggle made me want to do something to protect immigrants,” Andrés recalls. “The boy basically had to step into the shoes of his mother. There were so many hurdles in the way of his getting an education that I decided to go to law school and do something for families like his.”
Immigration Cases We Handle
Andrés and the other lawyers at Shouse Law handle all types of immigration cases, including:
- Removal (deportation) proceedings,
- Immigration appeals,
- Immigration bond hearings,
- Family based adjustment of status,
- Padilla opinions,
- Cancellation of removal for permanent residents, non-permanent residents and
- battered spouses,
- Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA),
- Inadmissibility Waivers,
- Post-conviction relief in state and federal court,
- Other federal cases under the All Writs Act,
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,
- Visa petitions, and
- Asylum and other relief for victims of persecution, torture and domestic violence, including U.N. Cat Protection, VAWA petitions and “U” visas.
Andrés works closely with our criminal and family lawyers to make sure that our non-resident clients don't inadvertently end up with a criminal record or a record of domestic violence that might get them deported.
What's New in Immigration Law
As most people know, the United States Supreme Court has recently upheld part of the Trump Administration's travel ban. Now citizens of six mainly Muslim countries -- as well as all refugees -- can only enter the U.S. if they have a credible claim of a "bona fide relationship" with someone here. The affected countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. I
Immigration News from California
In 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47 to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. Among other provisions, Prop 47 allowed people convicted of low-level drug and theft-related felonies to petition to have their crimes reclassified as misdemeanors. Under Prop 47 the judge could only deny the petition if there was an unreasonable risk that the petitioner would commit a so-called "super strike" offense (such as rape or murder).
This raised the question as to whether Prop 47 applied to people convicted of a third-strike felony under California's 3-strikes law. In other words, if their third strike was a low-level drug or theft felony, could they petition to reduce it to a misdemeanor (making it count as a second strike rather than a third strike)?
Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision said "no." In People v. Valencia the court held that when voters passed Prop 47, they did not intend to make it easier for third-strike inmates to get out of jail.