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Green Cards and Permanent Residence

September 11, 2017

Near TPS Death, Three Roads To Green Cards Emerge

by Carlos Batara
How TPS Beneficiaries Can Win Permanent Residence (Even If TPS Expires)

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

Take the current situation facing Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries.

Over 300,000 individuals who have TPS status are at risk for deportation …

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September 7, 2017

Political Purgatory: DACA Death And DREAM Act Revival

by Carlos Batara
Death Of DACA: Rebirth Of The DREAM Act And Immigration Reform

DACA is dead.

Or more precisely, the death bed has been rolled out.

In a few months, all that will remain for many immigrants is a bitter memory.

I’m …

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February 25, 2017

Immigrants Without Lawyers: Five Common Mistakes

by Carlos Batara

Immigrants Without Lawyers: Five Common Pro Per Mistakes

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 …

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October 30, 2016

New USCIS I-601 Waiver Policy Guide

by Carlos Batara

The New Vs The Old I-601 Hardship Waiver Guidelines – What Are The Differences?

To say that I was puzzled when I initially viewed the new USCIS guidance on proving hardship for I-601 waivers is to understate my reaction.

It …

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July 1, 2016

Asian And Hispanic Youth: A DACA Difference?

by Carlos Batara

Asian And Latino Youths: A Deeper Look At Varied Approaches Toward DACA

Growing up multicultural has many benefits.

Learning there is more than one way to skin a cat – that different approaches to the same problem may be equally …

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June 13, 2016

Filipino World War II Veterans Parole

by Carlos Batara

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

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 …

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April 30, 2016

Immigration Reform: An Irish-American Issue

by Carlos Batara

Why Immigration Reform Is An Irish-American Issue

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 …

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December 25, 2015

Ellin Jimmerson On NAFTA

by Carlos Batara

Immigration Live Episode 004: Ellin Jimmerson On NAFTA

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? …

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December 21, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Lessons For Immigration Reformers

by Carlos Batara

Lessons From The Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Victory

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.…

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November 15, 2015

Politically Invisible African And Caribbean Immigrants

by Carlos Batara
The Political Invisibility Of African And Caribbean Immigrants

Once again, the big lie of anti-immigrant lobbies has been exposed.

Immigration reform is not a one-ethnicity issue, contrary to the claims of Donald Trump and his ideological cohorts.

Various studies over …

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October 6, 2015

Lessons From 1965: Xenophobic Skills-Based Reform

by Carlos Batara
Lessons From 1965: Why Employment-Based Reform Is Xenophobia In Disguise

Politics is a game of unintended consequences.

One needs to look no further than the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

As a San Bernardino immigration lawyer, it is not …

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September 16, 2015

The USCIS Green Card Fraud Checklist

by Carlos Batara
The USCIS Fraud Checklist: Green Card Applicants Under Review

Ever wonder what goes into a marriage green card fraud determination by immigration authorities?

Although I have written fairly extensively on immigration fraud, my focus has been on teaching innocent immigrants …

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May 24, 2015

Migrant Shelter Battle In Escondido

by Carlos Batara
The Never Ending Battle To Protect Immigrants In Escondido

It was my first immigration law office in Escondido.

I was barely in my third year of private practice. After winning some complicated cases for North San Diego County clients, I …

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May 17, 2015

Immigration Fraud: A New Wave Around The Corner?

by Carlos Batara
Bracing For A New Wave Of Immigration Fraud

Once again, the possibility of immigration change is in the air.

This means immigrant sympathizers must get ready for internal warfare. The battle against immigration fraud.

A battle which exists within every …

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January 5, 2015

United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Separatism And Reform

by Carlos Batara
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 …

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