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Citizenship And Midwives: A Government Witch Hunt?

– Posted in: Citizenship And Naturalization

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A few months ago, two twin brothers in the mid-60s came to my Riverside immigration law office to discuss a letter they had received in the mail a few days before.

They had been scheduled for an appointment at the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to provide proof that they were really born on American soil.

They had been U.S. citizens since their birth over six decades ago.  They had no arrests or convictions.  They had faithfully paid their taxes each year and owned homes.  They were married with adult children.

They now faced possible deportation.

The problem?

They were born in a Texas border town with the assistance of a midwife.

Filipino Family Reunification: A Battle To Restore A 75-Year Old Promise

– Posted in: Family Immigration

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A friend in need is a friend indeed. But it’s what happens after the need subsides that the real quality of friendship is determined.

Take the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP) implemented by the Obama Administration on June 8, 2016.

The new program, noted UCSIS Director Leon Rodriguez, “honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II.”

The commentary both overstated and understated the reality.

8 Tips For Winning Your I-601 Waiver And Family Unity Hardship Case

– Posted in: I-601 Hardship And Waivers

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Early in my career, at a seminar for new attorneys, a judge gave me a piece of advice that has guided me in representing immigrants at various courts, agency interviews, and immigration appeals to this day.

The advice, though simple, was profound.

Good lawyers, said the judge, prepare in advance. They know their evidence before their hearings start. They maximize their clients’ chances for success.

Why Immigration Reform Is An Important Issue For Irish-Americans

– Posted in: Permanent Residence And Green Cards

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Several years ago, I moved into a new neighborhood. Being a multiculturalism enthusiast, a family of five living across the street quickly caught my attention.

The wife was fair-skinned, short, with wavy red hair. The husband was dark, tall, with straight black hair. She was from Ireland. He was from Mexico. Their children’s pronunciations were unlike any version of English I had ever heard before.

I sensed one of my new neighbors lacked legal immigration papers.

Immigration LIVE, Episode 5: Joel Smith On Migrants In The Desert

– Posted in: Immigration LIVE

The ordeal of migrants from Central and South America is a dangerous journey.

Yet, thousands make this trip every year, often with limited, if any food, clothes, money, or water.

Few really understand the ordeals they face like Joel Smith, Director of Operations at Human Borders, a Tucson, Arizona non- profit organization dedicated to taking death out of the immigration border equation.

Immigration LIVE, Episode 4: Ellin Jimmerson On NAFTA

– Posted in: Immigration LIVE

One of the toughest issues to understand is why would millions of Latin Americans leave their homes families to make an illegal, expensive, dangerous and sometimes deadly journey to the United States?

To the extent this issue is discussed in the public arena, it is usually explored at a surface level, without a deep exploration of the causes or consequences of such migration.

This lack of truth and honesty prompted Ellin Jimmerson, a minister and civil rights activist, with a Ph.D in History, to produce “The Second Cooler,” an award-winning documentary on the immigration problems caused by NAFTA.

Lessons From The Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Victory

– Posted in: Reflections And Ruminations

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Major political changes do not happen overnight.

For many immigrants, this reality is not acceptable. They want change now – if not yesterday – and absent such an outcome, they lose heart.

Instead of continuing to fight for change, some retreat to the confines of living in the shadows.

Others seek short term benefits, risking the potential for deportation in the future.

They are willing to take poorly-calculated risks and seek short term benefits . . . benefits which carry the potential for possible deportation measures in the future.

Both subsets of immigrants – the drifters and the driven – would do well to step back and learn from the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court same-sex marriage victory.