Alejandra Molina

Alejandra Molina

Journalist

I write about immigration, race, and religion. My work has appeared in news sites across the Southern California News Group. I have also written about reproductive issues for Rewire News.

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Immigration article
mercurynews.com

Options remain for undocumented immigrants with prior crimes

A California law that took effect January could help undocumented immigrants with previous crimes.

In immigration cases, it allows people who are no longer in jail or prison to file a motion to vacate their criminal convictions.

For example, a conviction or sentence can be legally invalid if, due to poor legal representation, a defendant did not fully understand the immigration consequences of accepting a guilty plea.