On October 9, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 900 into law, and in the process expanded eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status findings to many immigrant youth in the state.
A California district court approved a settlement in a case that provides protections to unaccompanied minors whom the Department of Homeland Security seeks to re-arrest based on gang allegations. The settlement also provides protections for class members whose applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or SIJS, asylum, U and T visas were denied based on gang allegations. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced new guidance on SIJS applications in the USCIS Policy Manual to implement selected provisions in the settlement.