Phorm Tem, a California resident, was deported in October 2017.
In June 2020, he was sworn in as a U.S. citizen, the first and only Cambodian deportee to earn this privilege.
Except for the ending, Tem’s story is symbolic of the plight more than 16,000 Southeast Asian refugees – from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos – who fled their homelands as children during the Vietnam War and its aftermath have endured in the United States.
As you’re likely aware, the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program has been one of the top immigration news stories over the past few weeks.
Commonly known as DACA, the fear was that over 700,000 immigrant youth would face deportation if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Trump Administration.
I disagreed with that assumption.
Win, lose, or draw, I did not think, as I wrote in various articles, the Supreme Court decision would be the final word. I still hold to that perspective.
Does a grant of Temporary Protected Status constitute a legal admission?
It depends, in part, on where you live.
A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
Especially when it comes to immigration law.
And programs like the U Visa.
I’m not an unequivocal fan of Lozada motions to reopen cases for ineffective assistance.
It’s not that I think immigrants are never the victim of incompetent guidance, duplicity, or outright corruption.
It’s not that I think lawyers, like judges, are incapable of mistakes.
For immigrants, a divorce is not always the worst aspect of divorces. In many instances, a divorce has no impact on immigration status.
On the other hand, navigating the issues of family court proceedings is often like tip-toeing through a field of landmines. One misstep and permanent residency or citizenship dreams are shattered.
If you continue reading this blog post, you might be placing me in line to face criminal charges.
Because my commentary could be knowingly or recklessly encouraging or inducing an undocumented immigrant to come to, enter, or reside in the United States in violation of federal law.
In other words, by doing what a lawyer is supposed to do.
By adhering to my professional duty to care, protect, and guide clients.
Here’s an interesting idea for family-friendly immigration reform.
It’s a concept I learned about while doing research about immigration issues in the United Kingdom.
Will 2020 be a repeat of the past year for immigrants and their families?
No immigrant rights advocate wants a repeat of 2019.
The invisible wall of exclusion continued to be politically and legally erected by the Legion Of Xenophobia piece by piece.