Carlos Batara – Immigration Lawyer header image
Carlos Batara - Immigration Attorney

Deferred Action And Work Permits: New Immigration Rat Trap

– Posted in: DREAM Act & DACA


Ring. Ring. Ring.

Over the past two weeks, my immigration law offices, probably like many others, has received tons of calls regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Most callers’ interests are very low. They only want to know if they qualify for deferred action . . . and, of course, employment authorization.

To me, that’s unacceptable.

I refuse to address DACA in such limited terms.

The Immigration Twilight Zone: Deferred Action For Immigrant Youth

– Posted in: DREAM Act & DACA


As a deportation defense lawyer, some days, you just don’t get any respect.

Especially from short-sighted allies.

A young woman, in her early 20s, walked into my office to talk about the DREAM Act. She had heard the news about Obama’s newest immigration proposal.

It reminded her about a meeting we had two years ago, when I told her about the DREAM Act as a possible solution for her immigration situation and to keep her eye out for it in the future, closer to the election.

Her optimism was blind.

When I told her that the current DREAM Act deferred prosecution proposal was not the real DREAM Act, she became upset. Not at the news, but at me.

Immigrant Students Win Important California Supreme Court Victory

– Posted in: DREAM Act & DACA


After a near decade of court battles and immigration appeals, the California Supreme Court recently ruled undocumented immigrant students are eligible to pay in-state rates for tuition at public colleges.

To qualify, immigrants must meet the same residency and graduation requirements as other students.   However, they are still not entitled to government financial aid, loans, or grants.

Although the win was not as broad as the DREAM Act, it provides a fresh ray of hope for undocumented immigrant scholars hoping to earn college degrees.

The Ongoing Battle To Pass The DREAM Act

– Posted in: DREAM Act & DACA

Being an Riverside immigration attorney, I’m often asked about which, if any, immigration programs might pass this year.

Because I’ve met several outstanding young immigrant students, my answer is a little biased.

In reality, I’m actually skeptical that any type of immigration reform will take place in 2010.

The President has not exerted strong leadership on immigration issues.  His public comments go back and forth between support and reluctance.

The DREAM Act: A Child’s Chance For Legal Residency

– Posted in: DREAM Act & DACA

dream-act-student-studyingLast week, a New America Media news report disclosed 100 House members have asked President Obama to jump start the national debate over immigration reform.

When the issue returns, I hope Congress remembers the kids.

Immigrant children are innocent victims of our political inability to shape a compromise on immigration.

Worse, their plight has been minimized by anti-immigrant forces.

They never met Henry.