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Why Do Lawyers Talk Like That?

– Posted in: Client Relations


If you’ve ever hired an attorney, you know what I mean.

Language bloat.

Sentences that go on forever. Words you’ve never heard before. Phrases you don’t comprehend.

Writing and speaking that makes you want to SCREAM for help.

Okay, I exaggerate.

Just a little.

A Tribute To My Father: An Immigrant Success Story

– Posted in: Reflections And Ruminations


He never went home.

He left his native county at the age of 20 to find work. Born in an impoverished area of a poor country, he left home to earn money which he could send back to his mother and eight siblings.

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.

Deported Immigrant Veterans And The Failed Promises Of Military Citizenship

– Posted in: Citizenship And Naturalization


When it comes to immigration, quite often, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

For instance, over ten years ago, in my capacity as a citizenship and naturalization lawyer, I wrote a series of articles that explained why Congress should pass legislation approving waivers for immigrant veterans who committed certain offenses, related to mental illnesses caused by their military service, making them subject to automatic deportation.

I was shocked to learn about the number of immigrant veterans, facing removal, who were incarcerated at the El Centro, California Dentention Facility, alongside individuals whom I represented.  Thus, I endeavored to tell their story, the story of expedited citizenship which never materialized for them.

Obama was president then.  Trump is president now.

The issue persists.

Honduras TPS And Nicaragua TPS: The End Or A New Beginning?

– Posted in: Temporary Protected Status


Nearly 20 years old, Honduras TPS and Nicaragua TPS are two of the longest-standing TPS programs.

However, termination dates for both programs have been set.

Nicaragua Temporary Protected Status benefits were designated for closure earlier this year, on January 5, 2019.

Honduras Temporary Protected Status has been scheduled to end on January July 5, 2020.

Due to pending lawsuits, the issue when and if TPS benefits for both nations will terminate is unclear.

Haiti Temporary Protected Status Extended . . . For Now

– Posted in: Temporary Protected Status

From its beginning, the history of Haiti Temporary Protected Status has resembled a political roller coaster ride.

The stability which TPS was created to provide a community during a crisis has been deficient and unsteady throughout the program’s nine-year existence.

As a result, the 2017 announcement that the program would be terminated on July 22, 2019 did not surprise Haitian community leaders.  Many believe Haiti TPS has been a disfavored programs since its inception.

Shortage Of Ancient Mayan Language Translators At Immigration Courts

– Posted in: Immigration Court


Many immigration clients, advocates, pundits, and commentators often overlook the little things that can make a big difference in court cases.

Like translators.

The role of interpreters seems a given to those who infrequently step into a courtroom.  But those of us who live within those four walls day in and day out know the reality.

Good interpreters make a hugh difference.

Good interpreters ensure a modicum of due process.

What Is The Citizenship Of A Baby Born In Airspace?

– Posted in: Citizenship And Naturalization


Prior to my youngest son’s birth, my wife and I flew cross-country to attend my law school class reunion. She was in her first trimester of pregnancy.

I hardly considered the possibility of delivery on board the flight. However, premature births do happen. Sometimes they occur on plane rides between countries.

In such situations, determining the citizenship of the child can pose one of the most daunting questions of immigration law.

Why Are Citizenship Cases Taking So Long?

– Posted in: Citizenship And Naturalization


My father became a naturalized citizen in 1951.  From start to finish, the paperwork took less than six months for the government to process.

His journey to the United States, the prelude to naturalization, was fraught with danger and discrimination, neither of which deterred him from his mission to provide a modest level of financial support for his mother and siblings living abroad in poverty.

When he was sworn in, he had no idea that one day he would vote in the presidential elections for John F. Kennedy.