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A False Equivalency: Why Zealous Representation Is Not A Criminal Act

– Posted in: Immigration Appeals

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If you continue reading this blog post, you might be placing me in line to face criminal charges.

Why?

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.

A Jamaican Immigration Story Of Family Unity Persistence

– Posted in: Permanent Residence And Green Cards

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The road to permanent residence for Jamaican immigrants in the United States can take two decades to complete. Even for parents who have earned naturalization status,  the process requires navigating a family unity visa system with a long and growing backlog. Such waits are not uncommon for immigrants from Jamaica. This article shares the story of one mother and daughter who survived the ordeal. It also calls for fixing the green card system now in place.

From TPS To Asylum In Canada: Betrayal, Hope, And Fear

– Posted in: Temporary Protected Status

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Is Canada the TPS solution?

A few days ago, Samuel, a client from Haiti, visited my San Bernardino immigration office. He wanted to talk about the future of the Temporary Protected Status program.

He worried that winning permanent residency was not in the cards. Samuel knew about the latest efforts to derail the TPS path to green cards through marriage.

Fearing deportation and a forced return to his home country, he confided he had been working on Plan B.