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A Tribute To My Father: An Immigrant Success Story

He never went home.

He ventured through, and stayed briefly at, a few countries, eventually reaching the United States.

For the next 25 years, he crisscrossed California, Arizona, and Utah, moving from crop to crop before settling in San Diego where he worked as a dishwasher at one of the city’s most prestigious restaurants.

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The Fallacy Of Quick Immigration Fixes

Let’s start by being honest.

Most immigrant clients don’t know what they don’t know.

So how can a lawyer know what they don’t know?

Yet, the majority of folks who call my office want quick, instant advice.

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Misery Loves Immigrant Company

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?

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No Room For Segregation In The House Of Immigration Reform

United we stand, divided we fall.

This theme is more than the title of a popular song in the early 1970s. It is a slogan worth adoption by all immigration reform supporters, by all immigrant communities.

For many years, as a green card and citizenship attorney, I have denounced the American public for failing to acknowledge the benefits of cultural diversity which immigrant families bring to this country.

My criticism does not exclude any ethnic group.

Whereas members of various cultural groups may appreciate the value of immigration reform for their cultural brethren, they largely ignore the same needs for immigrants of different hues, traditions, and origins.

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49 Minutes For Justice, Fairness, And Due Process

According to the Department of Justice, the Board of Immigration Appeals completed 36,690 cases in 2013.

There are 15 Board members.

On the average, this means 2,446 decisions per Board member per year.

203 decisions per Board member per month.

Assuming a 40 hour week, 50 weeks per year, each Board member works 2,000 hours per year.

That’s 49 minutes per case.

In a best case scenario.

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The Absence Of Immigration Court Neutrality

Henry Adams was right.

A great teacher affects eternity; no one knows where his or her influence stops.

Larry Schwartz, my college history instructor, was that type of educator.

Outside my parents, Professor Schwartz was the most influential person in my life. As an educator, he guided my studies of social, racial, and political injustices. As a mentor, he inspired me to become a professional dedicated to helping the downtrodden and disadvantaged.

He taught me, above all else, that law is the ultimate instrument of political power.

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The Anti-Immigrant Propaganda War

Propaganda is to democracy, Noam Chomsky once noted, what violence is to totalitarianism.

Repeated often enough, manipulative messages dissolve critical analysis.

Orwell knew this. Huxley knew this. Hitler knew this.

Yet, for all of their good intentions, immigrant advocates have not sufficiently engaged in this battle.

Many of my immigration reform colleagues scoff at their opponents’ repulsive messages as being simplistic and ridiculous.

They’re right.

However, they underestimate the force of these messages.

That’s a grave error.

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