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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 or on its Facebook page. If you’re interested in helping, please email

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2020-03-22Mar 22, 2020

UndocuFund is Re-activated to Help our Undocumented Community Members Through COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis. An estimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants live in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims, undocumented immigrants, even though they pay taxes, do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Even when they do qualify for services, many undocumented immigrants are unlikely to pursue those benefits due to fear of immigration enforcement, lack of familiarity with official institutions, and limited English proficiency. At every turn, our undocumented neighbors face barriers and challenges to recovering from disasters.

2020-01-25Jan 25, 2020

Life seemed very promising for Ya-Chi Tang in 2007.  She had immigrated from Taiwan with her dad at age 6. Then Angela’s father suddenly died of a heart attack. In an instant, Angela became undocumented. Then in 2013, Angela was granted a reprieve from deportation through DACA. Angela finally obtained her permanent residence in 2018, after 10 years of proceedings with the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service. 

2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019

Our laws provide legal status for immigrant victims of domestic violence (DV) and other serious crimes to stay in this country on a temporary status, similar to DACA.  In addition, they can often be eligible for permanent residence status in this country.  So few solutions exist for undocumented immigrants under our laws; this is one that should not be overlooked.  The purpose of these laws is not only to alleviate the harm suffered by victims of such violence, but also to encourage crime victims to come forth and report crimes so perpetrators can be caught and punished.

2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019

Throughout the North Bay, Christmas is honored by families in the rich tradition of their native Mexico. In Sonoma County, there is an annual Italian Christmas Festival sponsored by the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation. The Charles Schulz Museum hosts a free Chanukah celebration on December 8th called Hands On Chanukah Family Celebration. Music is such a large part of Irish life and equally at Christmas.  The Green Center is hosting a celebration of Irish Christmas this year: Danú, An Emerald Isle Christmas. Nothing symbolizes Russian Christmas more than the Nutcracker ballet.  This year you can enjoy a performance of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker right here in Sonoma County.

2019-11-04Nov 4, 2019

On November 12th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the DACA law; the Justices’ decision will determine whether approximately 800,000 immigrants lose their status. That same day, our local PBS-TV station, KRCB, will broadcast for the first time the story of one former DACA-recipient, Cristian Fertino – the latest production of My American Dreams, our locally-based non-profit that tells inspiring stories of immigrants.

2019-02-23Feb 23, 2019

Since the days the first vines were grown here, immigrant workers from Mexico have borne the primary role in the cultivation of the grapes and the production of the wine that have made this region famous.  For decades, these have been the unsung heroes of the wine country: continued waves of undocumented immigrants that provide most of the necessary labor in the fields up until the present day. In recent years, recognition is finally being given to the many of Mexican heritage who actually make the wine – the skilled enologists and winemakers with Mexican roots, without whom our wine would not be so renowned.

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