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February 25, 2017

Immigrants Without Lawyers: Five Common Mistakes

by Carlos Batara
Immigrants Without Lawyers: Five Common Pro Per Mistakes

Many folks decide to handle immigration cases on their own. That’s understandable.

It is rarely prudent.

Over the years, I’ve seen the outcome for countless individuals who decided to represent themselves in …

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January 13, 2017

Brave New World: Immigration Under Trump

by Carlos Batara
A Brave New World: Immigration Law Under Donald Trump

As the new year dawns, most of us reflect where we’re headed, individually and collectively. Internal strength and resolve are once again at a premium, if our positive thoughts and words …

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October 30, 2016

New USCIS I-601 Waiver Policy Guide

by Carlos Batara
The New Vs The Old I-601 Hardship Waiver Guidelines – What Are The Differences?

To say that I was puzzled when I initially viewed the new USCIS guidance on proving hardship for I-601 waivers is to understate my reaction.

It …

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August 31, 2016

Citizenship And Midwives: A Government Witch Hunt?

by Carlos Batara
Citizenship And Midwives: A Government Witch Hunt?

A few months ago, two twin brothers in the mid-60s came to my Riverside immigration law office to discuss a letter they had received in the mail a few days before.

They had …

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July 1, 2016

Asian And Hispanic Youth: A DACA Difference?

by Carlos Batara
Asian And Latino Youths: A Deeper Look At Varied Approaches Toward DACA

Growing up multicultural has many benefits.

Learning there is more than one way to skin a cat – that different approaches to the same problem may be equally …

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June 13, 2016

Filipino World War II Veterans Parole

by Carlos Batara
Filipino Family Reunification: The Battle To Restore A 75-Year Old Promise

A friend in need is a friend indeed. But it’s what happens after the need subsides that the real quality of friendship is determined.

Take the Filipino World War …

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May 30, 2016

8 Practice Tips For Your I-601 Hardship Case

by Carlos Batara
I-601 Family Unity Waiver Applications: Eight Insights You Should Know

Early in my career, at a seminar for new attorneys, a judge gave me a piece of advice that has guided me in representing immigrants at various courts, agency interviews, …

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April 30, 2016

Immigration Reform: An Irish-American Issue

by Carlos Batara
Why Immigration Reform Is An Irish-American Issue

Several years ago, I moved into a new neighborhood. Being a multiculturalism enthusiast, a family of five living across the street quickly caught my attention.

The wife was fair-skinned, short, with wavy red …

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March 31, 2016

Joel Smith On Migrants In The Desert

by Carlos Batara
Immigration Live Episode 005: Joel Smith On Migrants In The Desert

The ordeal of migrants from Central and South America is a dangerous journey.

Yet, thousands make this trip every year, often with limited, if any food, clothes, money, or …

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February 28, 2016

Citizenship And Voting: The End Of Political Innocence

by Carlos Batara
Citizenship, Immigrants, And Voter Registration: A Political Triad For Reform

When I learned about the Obama plan to begin citizenship drives across the nation a few weeks ago, I had mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I wanted to cheer …

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January 2, 2016

Immigrant Relative Visas: Hidden Agendas, Hasty Solutions

by Carlos Batara
Trapped In The 1960s: Immigrant Relative Visas

It started at the grill.

Like every summer.

I, along with a few friends, sponsor an annual day-long neighborly celebration. A community-wide barbeque. (I’m the master chef. It’s my Bobby Flay imitation.)

No …

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December 25, 2015

Ellin Jimmerson On NAFTA

by Carlos Batara
Immigration Live Episode 004: Ellin Jimmerson On NAFTA

One of the toughest issues to understand is why would millions of Latin Americans leave their homes families to make an illegal, expensive, dangerous and sometimes deadly journey to the United States? …

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December 21, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Lessons For Immigration Reformers

by Carlos Batara
Lessons From The Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Victory

Major political changes do not happen overnight.

For many immigrants, this reality is not acceptable. They want change now – if not yesterday – and absent such an outcome, they lose heart.…

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November 15, 2015

Politically Invisible African And Caribbean Immigrants

by Carlos Batara
The Political Invisibility Of African And Caribbean Immigrants

Once again, the big lie of anti-immigrant lobbies has been exposed.

Immigration reform is not a one-ethnicity issue, contrary to the claims of Donald Trump and his ideological cohorts.

Various studies over …

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October 6, 2015

Lessons From 1965: Xenophobic Skills-Based Reform

by Carlos Batara
Lessons From 1965: Why Employment-Based Reform Is Xenophobia In Disguise

Politics is a game of unintended consequences.

One needs to look no further than the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

As a San Bernardino immigration lawyer, it is not …

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