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Immigration Newsletter – 2014 03 – March Edition


March 30, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 3


For immigration reform supporters, March was a tough month.  Most of the news was not positive.

The ongoing sage about young migrants was perhaps the biggest story.  It began in late February with a Los Angeles Times article.  The post shared how immigrant youth, unaccompanied by adults, are attempting to enter the United States in search of a better life.

The Times piece was a follow up to a study revealing about 60,000 immigrant children will have crossed the borders to the U.S. without parents, guardians, or papers by the end of this year.

The study, entitled “A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System,” found that 90% are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

They flee for various reasons, including escaping drug cartel violence in their home countries, as well as “severe intrafamilial abuse, abandonment, exploitation, forced marriage, or female genital cutting.”

Others are trafficked to the United States for sexual or labor exploitation.

The month ended with the story of an eight-year old girl who committed suicide after Border Patrol officers caught her trying to enter the U.S. and deported her back to her home country.

Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan, a former vice presidential candidate, told the press that he is absolutely certain Congress will pass immigration reform . . . eventually.

In my view, that day cannot arrive soon enough.

To Your Immigration Success!

Given the possibility of wide-scale changes to immigration law, the Department of Homeland Security has intensified efforts to fight immigration fraud.

That’s good news.

Where’s there immigration reform, immigration fraud follows.

However, as one might expect, much of the DHS focus is misplaced.






“My older brother was arrested this weekend for drunk driving. He does not have legal papers. Our parents brought us to the U.S. when he was six years old. He met with some ICE officers at the Larry D. Smith jail in Banning. They said he is going to be transferred to immigration detention. He is married with two small kids. Will he get deported? Is there any way for him to fight his case?”


It seems like your brother may have a few options to fight deportation. However, the best answer I can provide is “maybe.” A lot more information needs to be known.

But before I begin, I want to emphasize that it is in your brother’s best interests to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Hopefully, he has not pled guilty yet. For immigrants, it is never wise to go forward in a criminal case without seeking immigration advice.

If your brother has not yet pled guilty, you should try to find a criminal defense attorney who knows how certain state convictions can strip his chances of fighting deportation charges.






Bringing And Keeping Immigrant Families Together



Carlos Batara,
Immigration Attorney

, 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).

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.




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