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Immigration Newsletter – 2014 02 – February Edition


February 28, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 2


Last month, I wrote that both Democrats and Republicans were embarking on a path of least resistance on immigration reform issues.

This is an election year. Most politicians try to avoid stepping into mud puddles while they’re courting re-election votes.

The primary season has started. For now, squabbles are between fellow party members. You can expect most candidates to follow their party’s main themes.

Unless the president decides to enact some administrative measures, those calculated to push his opponents into political corners, the primaries will remain relatively quiet on the immigration front.

It’s the round after the primaries end where volatile issues, like immigration, could pick up momentum. This is when the vote of immigrant communities and their supporters have a greater chance to exert pressure on the political system.

At this stage, depending on which way the political winds are blowing, you might see political trade-offs happen.

Personally, I don’t foresee major changes this year. But there is a possibility a few pieces of immigration legislation may be passed in summer. Given their tendency to minimize controversy in election years, House and Senate members will likely push only “safer” measures.

One issue which needs to be addressed is the deteriorating immigration court system. Unfortunately, reform discussions have left this problem on the back burners.

Yet, without an efficient system of justice, what type of due process can immigrants truly expect when they face deportation charges?

The causes and consequences of the court problems are varied. I explore them in this month’s article, “No Reform For A Troubled Immigration Court System?”

To Your Immigration Success!

Feature Article

No Reform For A Troubled Immigration Court System?

by Carlos Batara

The immigration court system needs repair.

The State Of Our Courts: A View From The Inside, a report issued by the National Association Of Immigration Judges, revealed:

“The Immigration Courts’ caseload is spiraling out of control, dramatically outpacing the judicial resources and making a complete gridlock of the current system a disturbing and foreseeable probability. The morale of the immigration judges corps is plummeting.”

Yet, immigration courts are rarely mentioned in current immigration reform discussions.


Your Turn To Ask Carlos

ask-riverside-citizenship-lawyer-carlos-batara Question: “My boyfriend was deported many years ago. Will he get a green card if I immigrate him?

- – – Carmen E., Yucaipa, CA


Based on what you shared, there is no clear answer. I perceive three major problem areas.

First, of course, you must get married. But you should not get married just to help him get immigration papers. Your marriage must be “bona fide” in the eyes of immigration officials.

Your marriage, in short, must be a real marriage based on love, not convenience.

You have a daughter together and that’s pretty good evidence of a true relationship. Still, you’ll likely need more proof.



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– A Guide To Permanent Residence
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In This Video:
Based on 20+ years of immigration court experience as a deportation lawyer, Carlos Batara talks about various avenues for helping immigrants live and work legally in the U.S.
These paths include immigration trials and immigration appeals. Sometimes, your success may depend on programs like the Violence Against Women Act or Asylum.


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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.

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