“Carlos is an expert in immigration law and immigration appeals. Whenever I have an immigration case with unusual issues, I consult Carlos. He always has ideas on how to best present a client’s case. He has a knack for challenging laws in creative ways.
I remember once when a family of six, the parents and four kids, came to me after they lost their case at Immigration Court. Their case seemed bleak. I sent them to Carlos. When I saw the family two years later, I learned they had moved to Riverside. Carlos had won their appeals and the Immigration Court had to start their cases over again.”
Joseph La Costa, San Diego, California
“Lawyers like Carlos Batara are, quite simply, a rarity. He represents everything that is meant by…’quality legal care’. While he is serious and passionate, he carries a soft heart for those he adopts as clients.
When it counts the most, this is the attorney I want on my side. This is the person I want with me when times get tough.”
Jose Cruz, San Diego, California
“I had a scholarship to attend college but I could not use it. My husband and I felt like giving up. We were placed in proceedings at Immigration Court. The government wanted to deport us. We felt hopeless. We hired Carlos Batara. He used a law from almost 70 years ago to prove the government could not use certain rules against us. Not even the Judge knew about this law. We won. I think even the Judge was shocked.”
Martha Vega, Riverside, California
“Carlos Batara is a down-to-earth guy. He has a fancy Harvard education but he doesn’t try to impress you with it.
Carlos doesn’t wear fancy jewelry. If you pop into his office on a day when he has no court hearings, you might find him wearing jeans and a polo shirt. He doesn’t try to bamboozle you with complicated words. He takes his time to explain things so you can understand the meaning.
My case is over now. When I think about my case, I don’t think of Carlos as just my lawyer. He was like a good buddy to me.”
Mark Helmich, Biloxi, Mississippi
“Carlos is like family to me. I first hired him almost 15 years ago. Since then he’s helped my mother, my brother, my cousin, and 2-3 friends.
He’s not like other lawyers I’ve met. He doesn’t talk above you. He doesn’t play ego trips on you. He talks to you like a real person, like an old friend – like someone you might have met in high school.
But there’s another side to him. He fights to win for you. That’s why my family and friends keep sending cases to his office.”
Gloria Jimenez, La Mesa, California
“I heard about Carlos from some church friends. They told me he was a good lawyer who really cares about his clients. I had tried 20 years before to get my green card. Since then I always worried that I might get stopped by immigration officers. I was tired of living in fear. I was tired of hiding. I decided to call Carlos’ office.
My case had some rough spots. At first, the immigration offices denied my case again. I was scared. Carlos would not back down. He filed an appeal. He won. I was given permanent residence. I wanted to cry I was so happy.
Let me say one more thing. Carlos has a wonderful staff. Everyone who works for him treated me with respect and courtesy. They all wanted me to win my case – I think they wanted me to win as much as I wanted to win.”
Domitila Brambila, Hemet, California
“Mr. Batara took my case when I was fixing my immigration papers back in 2003. He is very professional, and thanks to Mr. Batara a judge granted me my resident card. I am now a proud United States Citizen.”
Corina Y. Bermudez-Musa, San Diego, California
“When it comes to immigration law, Carlos is the Man!
My wife had overstayed her visitor’s visa for several years. She had graduated from high school in her home country. She wanted to go to college here but felt trapped. She was afraid of getting deported.
My mother told us to contact Carlos. Her co-worker told my mom that her husband had lost his immigration case. Then they hired Carlos. Carlos won the case. So we went to talk with Carlos.
I was not earning much at the time. I did not think we could afford his fees. But Carlos agreed to help us. He worked out a payment plan we could afford. My wife won her case. Now she’s a college graduate and a U.S. Navy officer.”
Harry Mercado, Jr., Tucson, Arizona
“Boy we were pleased we found Carlos, a wealth of knowledge in immigration situations. He helped us out with a very unique immigration situation. I cannot thank Carlos enough for his help. I will be back when it comes time to become a citizen.
Thank you sir, you did us proud.”
Karl Haymer, Murrieta, California
“From the moment I met Carlos, I knew I was in the right law office.
I am a veteran of 27 years. During my 27 years, I attempted to become a U.S. citizen through the military legal system. The military legal system was of no avail to me.
The moment I sat down with Mr. Batara, however, I knew he was going to get me my citizenship. Mr. Batara and his assistants filed all of the necessary paperwork and walked me through the process from start to finish. Mr. Batara filed my case in mid-February and only four months later, I was a U.S. citizen.
I highly recommend anyone seeking to become a U.S. citizen to seek out and hire Carlos.
Thank you so much to both Mr. Batara and his assistants.”
George Ortiz, Winchester, CA
“I’ve never wanted to hire a lawyer. My father had a bad experience with one. I was about 12 years old. I still remember that lawyer. He always seemed like he was talking down to my parents. He was rude and didn’t care to listen to us.
So when we needed to hire a lawyer, I was not happy. We had no choice. Either we hired an attorney or we risked losing my brother. A strange thing happened. Once we met with Carlos, I knew he was different. He listened. He was polite. He even made us laugh a few times. I trusted him. But I still didn’t fully trust him.
After each meeting I trusted him more. The case was close. As we got near the end, I worried if my brother would win or lose – but I was not worried about our attorney. I could tell Carlos was doing his best. I learned an important lesson. There are lawyers and then, like Carlos, there are good lawyers.
By the way, my brother won his case.”
Vanessa Odom, San Bernardino, California
“When relatives have problems, I’m the uncle who gets called for advice and help. One day I received a frantic telephone call from a cousin in New Mexico. I agreed to find and help pay for an attorney.
I called a lawyer who handled a case for me a few years earlier. Since he went to Harvard, I figured he knew a good immigration lawyer. My hunch was right. One of his best friends from law school, Carlos Batara, had offices in San Diego and Riverside and took cases in other states.
Carlos went into action right away. He flew into Albuquerque the next weekend. The case lasted about two years but it went smoothly and my cousin won. Although I live in Northern California and my cousin in Santa Fe, it seemed like Carlos was just around the corner. This is why I would recommend Carlos for anyone living anywhere if they need a good immigration lawyer.”
Gus Rivera, San Francisco, California
“Thank You Sooooo Much Carlos!!!
My Family Thanks You!!!
I thank you for all the hard work and dedication you put into my case. I will forever be grateful for all the encouragement you gave me and my family.
Thank you for looking at me as a person and not as another case. You have what other lawyers lack – which is passion and compassion. You have the passion that it takes to win a case, to find the best angles to fight a case.
You always made me feel that what was happening to me mattered to you as well, and this showed me that you had compassion towards me and my family.
You have heart, real heart. You care about your clients. It’s clear to me that your heart is what makes the difference between you and other lawyers.
Thank you forever Carlos!!!”
Juan Herrera, Lake Elsinore, California
“For over ten years I have referred immigration clients to Carlos Batara. He is always extremely charismatic and relentless in their defense. Not surprisingly, clients speak highly of the services provided by Carlos and his office staff. I recommend Carlos to anyone who is looking for an immigration trial attorney – especially if they have a hard case.”
George Melgoza, Ramona, California
“I came to the U.S on a work visa. When I got divorced, my papers were cancelled. I was too afraid to ask anyone for help. I lived like this for 15 years.
Then I married again. For over a year I did nothing. I thought it was illegal to file new papers. A friend told me to visit Attorney Batara about my problem. My husband and I went to talk with him, and we hired him on the spot.
Two months later my husband moved out. I thought my dreams were over.
When Attorney Batara called, I would not call him back. I did not reply to his letters. I wanted to be left alone, so one day I returned the call. I talked to his secretary. She was very nice. She convinced me to meet with him before giving up. She said he might be able to find another way to help me.
He listened to my story and laid out a new plan. He said it would be hard. We had to start over again. He was very sincere, so I agreed to try. I’m lucky that I took the chance. He helped me every step, and now I’m finally a legal resident.”
Amalia Rodgers, Victorville, California
“Carlos took my asylum case after I had already been denied. I thought my case would never end. But seven years later it ended, and we won.
It seemed like the government kept coming up with new obstacles. We kept fighting back. It didn’t seem fair. Carlos would tell me, “Okay, it is unfair. But the bottom line is that we have more work to do.” The long fight was definitely worth it. I recommend Carlos to others who need help for an immigration case.”
Angel Munoz, Escondido, California
“Our experience with Attorney Batara was excellent! He’s full of knowledge and he won’t take any case just to make money. He’s very selective and works hard to win. If he thinks that he cannot put up a good fight, he tells clients straight up.
After meeting with over 10 attorneys all over Southern California, he was the only one willing to take and fight our difficult case. It was not an easy situation. All the other attorneys we saw repeatedly mentioned that I was going to be penalized with a 10 year bar and that there was no way around it. They all suggested not to do anything. They said just “wait until the law changes.”
My husband and I didn’t want that. We wanted to start our family and live like a normal couple. We were not sure the law would ever change. We finally came across the Law Offices of Mr. Batara and he was the light at the end of our tunnel. He saw a way to win my case. He agreed to help us.
The law has not changed – but we won anyway. I strongly recommend Mr. Batara to anyone who needs immigration help. During the case, he kept telling me, “Don’t panic, Hispanic.” He meant it. If he takes your case, you can be sure he will do his best to help you.”
Maria Fernandez, Riverside, California
“Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Batara.
You were so helpful when my husband and I needed you. It is impossible to say how grateful we are. We’re still amazed you took our case way over in Alaska and traveled here to assist me in immigration court.
We did not plan to hire anyone from California. But as you know, no one here would take our case. We were told there might be one way to win, but the law was still too new and iffy. We feel fortunate one attorney told us that you might know how to handle this type of case. I don’t think he believed you would go back and forth to help us. We didn’t either. But you did.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Jesus McKelvey, Fairbanks, Alaska
“On a scale of 1-10 Carlos Batara rates an 11.
Imagine my surprise how lucky I was to find a Harvard trained lawyer in Hemet. When I brought my wife’s immigration case to him she had been to another lawyer, who had not been able to achieve any results after 5 years. Mr. Batara got the case finished within 6 months with great results. We were both overjoyed. He is very compassionate, sympathetic and brilliant.”
Jerry Lassoff, Hemet, California
“I lost my case at immigration court. I did not know what to do. I started calling lawyers. None of them made me feel good about my case. Most of them did not give me hope and some said there was nothing I could do.
Then I found out about Carlos. After talking to him on the telephone, we made an appointment for Saturday. I had less than 10 days to file my appeal with the BIA. Carlos had a different attitude than the other lawyers. He said that he needed to read my papers before giving me an opinion. I emailed almost 100 pages to him. I drove 2 ½ hours to his office.
He surprised me when he said that he saw an angle to challenge the judge’s decision. He did not sugarcoat my situation. He told me that the issue would be brand new. He had never seen or heard anyone raise it before. He made it clear there were no guarantees but that he would do his best. Carlos seemed sincere. I believed he was telling me the truth. I also knew he went to Harvard and Harvard guys are pretty intelligent. So I hired him.
For two years, I lived in fear of losing and being deported. Then I received a letter from the Board of Immigration Appeals. I was scared to open it. The letter said I won. I felt numb. I started crying. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Mr. Batara.
Joseph Talanay, Rancho Cucamonga, California
“I worked with Mr. Batara long distance. I live in Los Angeles. There are many lawyers here but I felt like he was the right attorney for my case. It took a lot of courage to trust him with my case. I could tell his sincerity talking to him over the telephone. I don’t think any other attorney could have done it this way. He has proven to be a great attorney, after working for me and my husband a couple of years by email and phone. No matter what, when I finally went to his office, it was worth the two hour drive to meet him and his staff. They put in a lot of hard work and dedication. They are great to work with.”
Lorena Santana, Los Angeles, California
“I went to immigration court with my mother-in-law and husband. I did not have an attorney. We watched about 12 cases before it was my turn. Mr. Batara stood out.
My mother-in-law used to work for judges. She said that she saw good attorneys, bad attorneys, and so-so attorneys. When she watched Mr. Batara, she said he was the attorney she wanted for my case. She wrote his name down. We called him the next day. He worked hard to help me keep my family together in the United States.
My mother-in-law was right. Mr. Batara is a very good lawyer. I recommend him to anyone who needs a good immigration lawyer.”
Sumitra Ward, Moreno Valley, California
“I was so scared. I got stopped in San Ysidro by immigration on my way back from vacation. They wanted to take away my green card. I have been a lawful resident for over 10 years and I have special work licenses and certifications. They let me go free. But they said I would have to go to immigration court. I did not know what to do.
I went back to North Carolina. I called some of the big immigration offices there. They said they could not help me. So I started looking up attorneys. I was confused. I prayed, asking The Lord to help me find someone good who could help me. A few days after, I found out about Carlos. When I talked to him on the telephone, he seemed nice and like he knew what he was doing.
I was still scared. He was way over in California. I was afraid he might rip me off and not really do much for me. I prayed some more and then I hired him.
Even though we were 2,000 miles apart, Carlos and his team made me feel safe. They returned my calls and answered my questions. They made me work hard to give them information needed to get my case ready. And Carlos would meet with me a few days before my court hearings to make sure I was prepared to answer questions.
When it was all over, we won my case. My prayers were answered.”
Ranferi Calvillo, Lincolnton, North Carolina
“It seems like my wife and I had a consultation with every immigration attorney from Beverly Hills to the Inland Empire. No one would take on our case, except for a few who did not seem genuine. We didn’t feel good about them.
One day we took the drive out to Hemet to visit Carlos. He gave us hope, we felt he was honest. Our case took several years. But he made it happen. My wife and I will never again live in fear of being separated. I highly recommend Carlos to anyone. Plus, he’s very flexible on his payment terms. Last but not least his staff is amazing. They were always there to answer our million phone calls and to keep us informed.”
Pat South, Corona, California
“One day ICE stopped me at a gas station. I told them that my mother filed papers for me when I was younger. But I turned 21 and had to wait longer before I could become a permanent resident. They took me to an immigration jail in El Paso, Texas.
I was thinking about giving up. Then Mr. Batara showed up one day. He told me that my mother had sent him. He told me that he would set up a bond hearing to get me out of jail and try to get my case moved to California.
He left town but he came back on the weekend to get me ready for the hearing on Monday. At the hearing, the judge said he would release me on bond. He told us to come back the next month for another hearing to find out if he would transfer my case to San Diego. We went back to court and the judge approved our request.
Less than two years later, Carlos was able to get my case dismissed. I won a green card under my mother’s papers.”
Sergio Mendez, Carlsbad, California
“Thank you Carlos Batara !!!
He was the first attorney that gave me a good feeling. Through his experience and wisdom, he took my case even though he told me what I didn’t want to hear. His honesty was what appealed to me the most, because others made it sound too easy. Thanks to him I’m able to reunite with my family that I had not seen for a very long time.”
Maria Gutierrez, San Marcos, California
“Carlos is my brother. Not my real brother, of course.
At first, I called one of those lawyers with big television commercials. He was not doing immigration law anymore. He gave me Carlos’ name and number. He said Carlos took tough cases and maybe he could help me.
During my case, Carlos treated me pretty cool. He’s not stuffy. He’s easy to talk to, and I grew tight with him. I started calling him “brother” like I call all my close friends.
My case took six years. It was a tough fight. We lost some motions, yet Carlos would fight back with new ideas. He would tell me we only lost a battle, we did not lose the war. In the end, we won the war. Thanks to my brother.”
Al Duran, Fullerton, California
“I cannot say Carlos is the best immigration lawyer. But I can tell you this. Carlos is a really good lawyer. He is hard-working, honest, and smart.
At our first meeting, Carlos told me that my case would not be easy. Even when things looked bad, he never stopped fighting. He always seemed ready for the government’s next move. It was like he was always one step ahead. I will never forget his closing argument. The way he took the government’s case apart piece by piece was a masterpiece. I don’t know how to describe it but it was powerful. After the case, even the judge praised him.
I am now free to enjoy my wife and three kids. We live in a good neighborhood and take regular vacations. I have a good job. Without Carlos’ help, I would have lost all of this.”
Octavio Landeros, Palm Desert, California
“My husband and I started the process for his permanent residency in 2013. We received our first denial along with a deportation notice months later. We decided to go through a local immigration attorney. At the time we were in a severe time crunch. The appeal was denied and my husband faced deportation for the second time.
Luckily, we had been researching a few months before this happened and found Carlos Batara. I immediately made an appointment for a consultation. He asked us to send him copies of the documents we filed and the two denials.
One day later we talked again. Carlos explained what was going on in our case. He said that he wanted to make sure we understood how hard it is to win these types of appeals. He told us what he thought needed to be done to overcome the denial. He said it would be a lot of work on our part. He did not promise we would win. However Carlos was confident there were good points in our favor.
We had to move fast and immediately started working on our case. We were in constant contact with one another getting all of the necessary documents together. Carlos was sure to cover all of the bases and not miss a step to give the government a chance to try to deny our appeal again.
After months of waiting for the decision, I am proud to say my husband was finally approved for his permanent residency! I am certain without the hard work of Carlos Batara, our appeal would not have been successful. He saved my family, and most importantly, he saved our little girl’s father from being taken from her.
I am so very thankful that we found Carlos Batara. He is definitely a godsend and is very knowledgeable. I cannot thank him enough!”
Dana Velasquez, Salem, Virginia