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Immigration Newsletter – 2014 01 – January Edition


January 31, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 1


Here we go again.

With the President’s State of the Union speech, the political season has officially kicked off. Immigration reform, once more, will take center stage.

It’s an election year.

Designed to win votes in November, pithy sound bites of politicians will dominate the news airwaves.

But rhetoric is not policy. Pronouncements in January and February may not translate into new legislation in April and May.

After May, all bets are off. Once the fall elections get closer, members of Congress are not likely to risk giving opponents an opening to attack on the campaign trail.

So what can immigrants and immigrant supporters expect?

If the President’s speech is the barometer, it is going to be a long summer.

Obama’s speech was 6,778 words. 121 of those pertained to immigration. In my view, that does not reflect a deep-seated commitment to reform.

In his defense, Obama’s supporters assert that he wants reform legislation so badly that he downplayed immigration.

Instead of alienating Republicans, they claim, he has decided to defer to them on immigration issues.

He prefers to allow them to draft reform principles and lead the way to immigration change.


Just leave reform in the hands of the Republicans?

This formula is not a get-things-done strategy.

It’s a political tactic designed to place blame on opponents when the hopes and dreams of immigrants are crushed again.

I hope that my analysis is wrong.

To Your Immigration Success!

Feature Article

“The Battle For Immigration Justice:
Why Compassion Matters”
by Carlos Batara

I wanted to retire.

I felt unmotivated to fight.

I knew my clients deserved better. They were facing deportation, a near life-or-death situation, and they needed a warrior.

My passion for law had disappeared.

My mother had passed away.

Fighting my own mental and emotional wounds, I had nothing left over to give to others.

I had lost the will needed to defend immigrants. I lacked inspiration to fight our government one more time.

Or so it seemed.

Continue article…

Your Turn To Ask Carlos

ask-riverside-citizenship-lawyer-carlos-batara Question: “About 3 ½ years ago, I married a U.S. citizen. He filed paperwork for adjustment of status so I could become a green card holder. We did not file documents for my two children from my prior marriage. We went to the interview, but the application was denied.

Two days ago, I received a letter saying I have to go to the Los Angeles immigration court for a removal hearing. A friend told me that even if I get deported, my husband can still file to immigrate my 13 year-old daughter and 11 year-old son. I want to know if this is possible.”

- – - Norma H., Cathedral City, CA


You have a potentially tricky and hard case.

I see a couple of issues here.

Even though you did not request feedback on your application, I’d like to briefly touch on that issue, as well as your immigration case. Why? Because the reasons for the denial of your adjustment application could possibly affect the petitions for your children.

Without knowing the exact reasons for the denial of your permanent residence application, it’s difficult to me to comment on such issues. Yet, there are some general things you should know before taking any actions.

Anyway, I’ll return to your immigration court case in a moment.

Instead, let me first address your concerns about your children.

The short answer to your question seems to be yes.

Read the complete explanation here…

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A Short Roadmap To Winning Your Deportation Case
Based on 20+ years of immigration court experience as a deportation lawyer, Carlos Batara explains the difficulties of seeking protection under cancellation of removal.
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Free Report Choosing Your ImmigHow To Recognize And Avoid Immigration Fraud



  • Why you should be extra careful when hiring a community friend to help you file immigration papers.
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  • Why you never blindly trust anyone who makes 100% iron-clad promises of success.
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“Each individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

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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