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The Right Immigration Attorney Can Make A Difference

If You Have Immigration Needs . . .
We Can Help You Find Solutions

  • Would you or a family member like to live, work, or go to school legally in the United States?
  • Do you have a relative stuck in immigration jail? Or a friend facing deportation?
  • Are you trying to help someone earn a green card and someday become a U.S. citizen?

Whatever your immigration needs, selecting an immigration attorney is the single most important step you can take to increase the odds of becoming – or staying – a permanent resident or U.S. citizen.

Whatever your immigration needs, selecting an immigration attorney is the single most important step you can take to make your life whole – enabling you to travel freely, buy a home, and raise your children as a family – no longer living in fear of deportation or separation.

Of course, choosing an attorney is not easy.

If you’re like many immigrants, you may feel overwhelmed by choices. You’ve seen advertisements for dozens of attorneys, immigration consultants, and all sorts of immigration advisors.

Perhaps you even wonder if you should hire an immigration attorney.

For example:

√  You heard rumors. A friend has told you,”You don’t need a lawyer. Family petitions are easy. Just find someone who has been there to help you with your papers. Just go to a notario or immigration consultant.” You are not sure if you can trust such advice.

√ You were told you have no case. Maybe you have been in immigration jail. Now immigration court hearings are about to start. You feel helpless. You do not know if you should just give up or keep fighting.

√ Your paperwork looks simple. You are planning to marry a citizen from another country while you continue to live in the United States. You want to file for a fiancé visa. Some of the questions seem tricky. You want to avoid hidden traps. You fear making a mistake that kills your chances of being together with your fiancé.

Yet . . .

All-in-all, simply giving up, letting a consultant help you, or preparing papers on your own does not feel right.

You do not really want to handle your case without an immigration lawyer. But you worry about making the wrong choice.

One thing is clear. You want to do everything possible to try to win. And this is why you need to choose the right immigration attorney for you.

The Duty To Care For, Protect, And Guide Immigrants

Winning cases begin at the first meeting between clients and attorneys.  From the outset, immigrants need to be provided with a thorough analysis of their situation. How else can clients know what to expect?  How else can lawyers know what must be done?

Quite often, both good and bad facts must be dealt with as soon as possible to improve the odds for success. Good case strategy requires nothing less.  Good case preparation requires nothing less.

In fact, the lawyer’s duty to care for, protect, and guide clients requires nothing less.

The Right Attorney Can Make A Difference Between Winning And Losing Your Case

Here are a few ways the right immigration attorney can change how you experience the immigration process – and improve the chances of winning your case.

1. Help Guide You Past Complicated Rules And Unpredictable Immigration Changes

Only a specialist, like an immigration trial attorney or an immigration appeals attorney, keeps track of complicated immigration rules. Rules and procedures can change overnight, almost without warning. A decision on a small point of law in a state 1,000 miles away from where you live, made yesterday, can change the outcome of your case.

Some changes can have a retroactive effect – meaning you can be punished today for actions which took place long ago. Quite possibly, your uncle’s story or your mother-in-law’s example will not help you today.

You need an immigration attorney who will:

  • Guide you competently through the complex immigration law system
  • Evaluate if you qualify for little-known immigration programs
  • Explore the full range of immigration options which may be open to you
  • Assess problems that seem hopeless and yet develop plans to achieve your goals
  • Ensure your actions today do not cut off avenues for future success
  • Refuse to take short cuts which may hurt your case
  • Understand the immigration system inside and out, and know how to work with immigration agents, officials, and judges for your benefit


2. Help Protect Your Dream Of Bringing Or Keeping Your Family Together 

Every immigration client is more than a case in a folder. Each application for family immigration benefits, permanent residence, citizenship, or asylum has a connection to human beings seeking to better their lives.

Your lawyer must be your partner and guide – helping to bring your family together or keeping them from being torn apart.

Your immigration attorney must be able to read beyond the cold facts of a case – and understand the hopes and dreams of the persons involved. Few immigration clients bring perfect documents and almost none have simple histories. Your attorney needs to establish a bond with people from different cultures and life styles, in order to develop evidence necessary to win your case.

3. Help Strengthen Your Chances Of Living And Working Legally In The United States

No immigration lawyer can guarantee the outcome of a particular case. Yet, you can be assured a successful result will be achieved only through persistence, ingenuity, and compassion.

Immigration cases can take a long time. Sometimes the paperwork seems as tall as Mount Everest. Your family unity and deportation lawyer needs to know when and how to keep fighting. Your lawyer must pay attention to the smallest details. A tiny oversight can ruin your chances of winning.

Your lawyer needs to be your champion – helping you capture control of your life and future.

A case is often won by your immigration lawyer’s commitment. You win because your immigration attorney made the extra telephone call . . . analyzed the unexpected issue . . . took the time to patiently interview important witnesses . . . and carefully prepared your documents.


I’m Carlos Batara. Throughout my career, I have specialized in immigration law. Obviously, I cannot guarantee the outcome of a particular case. But I promise I will be a committed, tenacious, and tireless advocate for any client whom I agree to represent.

My awareness of immigration started with my own family. My father came to the United States from the Philippines. My mother, a U.S. citizen, had family roots in Mexico and Spain, as well as Native American, Greek, and Turkish ancestry.

I studied international relations at the University of Southern California and earned my law degree from Harvard Law School. I have helped clients from over 100 different nations in their efforts to become responsible, contributing members of the United States.

Whether it’s to seek a green card or permanent residence for you or a family member, earn U.S. citizenship, or fight deportation and removal – your rights will be protected. We will explore your immigration options. We will identify your possible solutions. Once they are identified, we will work steadily towards obtaining the results you need and want.

I promise to provide you and your family with my unbridled compassion to help immigrants, whatever their needs. I promise to use my training and experience as a deportation trial attorney and a deportation appeals attorney to the fullest extent of my abilities.

I have been fortunate to help immigrants living in different parts of Southern California.  My Riverside, Hemet, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Escondido law offices will furnish you with a supportive environment to discuss, plan, and execute your strategy for immigration success.

My staff members are dedicated professionals. They combine a specialized knowledge of immigration law with a rich compassion for individuals from other countries. All my staff members are either immigrants or children of immigrants.

We believe – if your and your family’s life could be turned upside down because of deportation or separation – choosing the right immigration attorney is not just an investment in your future.

It is the single most important action you can take.


If you’re serious about figuring out your options for winning your immigration case – with fresh eyes in a genuine and comprehensive manner – do not hesitate any longer.