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Immigration Newsletter – 2012 03 – March Edition


March 29, 2012 | Volume I, Issue 3

The recent arrest of six protesters, including two minors, at a student-led rally in Arizona reflects our broken immigration system.

In general, the demonstrators had two purposes. First, they sought to publicly protest Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s heavy-handed immigration policies. Second, to call public attention to the DREAM Act.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a proposal to help immigrant children become U.S. permanent residents and citizens someday.

In my view, the DREAM Act is the watershed legislation of immigration reform. If our society does not support giving immigrant youth, an opportunity to legalize their status, the possibility of comprehensive reform is unlikely.

For several years, I’ve advocated for the passage of the DREAM Act.

My position remains unchanged.

In this month’s article, “Why Immigrant Children Should Be Given The Opportunity To Become Permanent Residents,” I share a situation which young immigrant students experience far too often.

To Your Immigration Success!

Feature Article

“Why Immigrant Children Should Be Given The Opportunity To Become Permanent Residents” by Carlos Batara

riverside-green-card-lawyer-supports-dream-actSome opponents of immigration reform believe that all undocumented immigrants, including children, are undeserving of pathways to legalization.

They never met Omar and Anthony.

I first met Omar and Anthony a few months ago, when they visited my office with their parents.

Omar, a high school senior, was getting ready for graduation. Anthony was a junior. Their parents sought direction about their children’s future.

Both were “A” students. Both had won several scholastic and good behavior awards throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Both played sports. Omar was the school’s best swimmer. Anthony played tennis.

Omar and Anthony were All American kids.


Your Turn To Ask Carlos

My boyfriend is 22 years old. He is without papers. We’re thinking about getting married. When his parents brought him into the U.S., he was only five. They came in with tourist visas. Is there any hope for him to stay here if I immigrate him
- – – Vanessa M., Temecula, California

Answer: Does he have proof of the tourist visa? If so, he is in a lucky position. He falls into the category of immigrants who entered legally and overstayed, rather than the category of immigrants who entered without permission.


This could make a huge difference in his ability to become a lawful permanent resident. Of course, this is not the only issue that matters to USCIS. For example, whether he has any criminal convictions could affect his application. Or whether he left the country after the age of five and returned about a long absence.

If you plan to file papers for him soon after getting married, and he is successful, he will only be given conditional permanent resident status. After two years, he can file to remove the conditions.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you are entitled to immigrate all of your closest relatives. This includes your spouse, parents, children, brothers and sisters.

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7 Questions To Ask Before Hiring An Immigration Attorney”




  • Why you should consider hiring a lawyer with trial and appeals experience for your immigration court hearing.
  • How to tell if your lawyer is a “real” lawyer, not a sham posing as an attorney.
  • Why you need a strong rapport with your lawyer (and should never hire
    someone you can’t talk to or don’t feel comfortable sharing important details).
  • How to evaluate the fees your attorney will charge you.

riverside-green-card-attorney-carlos-bataraCarlos Batara, Immigration Attorney

is uniquely qualified to help you and your family — even with the most challenging immigration cases.

His background, education, experience, and skills make him a one-of-a-kind advocate for your needs.

With family roots in Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, Carlos is a Harvard Law School graduate and earned degrees in International Relations and Economics at the University of Southern California (USC).

Carlos opened his first law office in San Diego in 1993 – helping clients earn their green cards and lawful permanent residence, naturalization and citizenship. It quickly expanded into a nationwide practice.

Today, Carlos has five law offices in Southern California. He has handled cases from clients living in more than 25 different states and 80 different countries.

As an immigration trial and appeals attorney, Carlos has won several cases when other immigration lawyers told clients they had no chance to prevail.

If you liked today’s issue, you’ll appreciate Carlos’ blogs, articles, and free reports to help guide you and your family on the journey to immigration success. Learn more at

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