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The Impact Of Avoidable Actions: Small Mistakes, Huge Consequences

– Posted in: Immigration 101


The study of history, it’s been said, is the study of unintended consequences.

This is true on the personal as well as the public level. For immigrants, especially those from South and Central American countries, the proposition has dire meaning.

Beginning their journeys with uncertainty the norm, most of them realize unplanned events on the trail to the U.S. can lead to life-changing outcomes, abrupt endings, and death.

Arrival ensures no less unpredictability.

Small miscues can set in motion undesirable though foreseeable consequences.

Immigrants Without Lawyers: Five Common Pro Per Mistakes

– Posted in: Immigration 101


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 immigration matters.

Take immigration court hearings.

Representing my own clients fighting deportation at court, I’ve watched pro per immigrants sitting before a judge, neither comprehending court rules nor understanding what the judge is asking them.

It’s p-a-i-n-f-u-l to watch.

Misery Loves Immigrant Company

– Posted in: Immigration 101


She must have woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Immigration judges often do.

Or so it seems.

What else can explain such contentious and rude attitudes at 8:00 a.m. in the morning?

After all, tempers should be held in check until a lawyer or an immigrant gives the judge a reason to come unglued.

Scram ‘N Jam Immigration Plan

– Posted in: Immigration 101


Ring. Ring. Ring.

Ring. Ring. Ring.

Boehner: Speaker Boehner. How may I help you?

Schumer: John, this is Chuck, Chuck Shumer.

Boehner: Hi Chuck. What can I do for you in the wee hours of the morning?

Schumer: I have an idea for immigration reform.

Boehner: An idea? Chuck, we’ve been down this road more than a few times.

Schumer: Really, John, this one is a winner.

Does An Increase In USCIS Filing Fees Hurt Immigrant Families?

– Posted in: Immigration 101


The government has announced a plan to increase the filing fees for various immigration applications.  It is estimated the average increase will be about 10%.

For many clients of our Riverside immigration lawyer offices, any increase in filing fees is not good news.

Because several are low wage earners, each time immigration fees are hiked, their dreams are placed on hold.

Making ends meet is already difficult. Saving enough funds to proceed is not an easy task.

Deportation Policy And Economics: The Shrinking Immigrant Population

– Posted in: Immigration 101

It seems everywhere you turn, immigration reform critics blast the wave of immigrants crossing legally and illegally into the United States.

They insist we need to build more border fences, erect stronger and higher walls, add more immigration agents, increase the use of law enforcement technology.

Well, I have some news for them.

The immigrant population in the United States has started to drop.

Dear President Obama: A Simple Suggestion To Reform Immigration Bureaucracy

– Posted in: Immigration 101


After waiting 2 1/2 hours, my client was finally called for her green card interview.

We headed to the hallway door to meet the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. I extended my right hand to greet the officer and introduce myself. He turned and walked away. With his back to us, he said, “Follow me.”

My client’s face turned colorless. Fear ran up and down her spine.