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Los Angeles Immigration & Naturalization Law Blog

You Have Civil Rights Regardless Of Your Immigration Status

8 C.F.R. 287.8(b)(2) provides that an immigration officer may briefly detain an individual only if the officer has "reasonable suspicion, based on specific articulable facts" that the person is engaged in an offense or is an alien illegally in the United States.  This regulation is designed to benefit persons and aliens in the United States.  

Asylum, the 1-Year Rule and the exceptions!

Under 8 U.S.C. 1158(a)(2)(B), an application has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that he applied for asylum within one year of his arrival in the United States or, to satisfaction of the IJ, that he qualifies for an exception to the one-year deadline for the existence of "changed circumstances."  

Immigration: Victims of Certain Crimes May Qualify for U Visas

Immigration relief is availabel for crime victims; they may get U visas if they cooperate with the police! If you're an immigrant and have been victim of certain crimes, have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity, you might be eligible for a U visa!

The Perils of Unlawful Practice of Law (UPL)

Immigration is one of the most complex areas of law in the United States.  It takes years for attorneys to learn the tools of this trade and even then, no immigration attorney can competently practice every area within the broad body of what is immigration law.

Discrimination Leading to 2nd Class Citizenship!

At the time of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, I was a teenager, completely unfazed by the events unfolding. My brother and I were both going to school in the U.K. and my older sister had already immigrated to the U.S. When the revolution peaked in late 1978, my parents were visiting my sister in Los Angeles. Tragically, within two months, our 2500-year monarchy was replaced with a repressive and regressive Islamic system of governance in February 1979. I was the last one of my family who was able to arrive in the U.S., later in 1979 to complete high school.

Discrimination!

At the time of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, I was a teenager, completely unfazed by the events unfolding. My brother and I were both going to school in the U.K. and my older sister had already immigrated to the U.S. When the revolution peaked in late 1978, my parents were visiting my sister in Los Angeles. Tragically, within two months, our 2500-year monarchy was replaced with a repressive and regressive Islamic system of governance in February 1979. I was the last one of my family who was able to arrive in the U.S., later in 1979 to complete high school.

The Coming Out of Undocumented Immigrants - NOT LGBT

Despite my career-long advocacy for immigrant rights and for the overhaul of our immigration laws, I never quite understood the idea of "coming out" as an undocumented immigrant - until I heard the powerful story of Angy Paola Rivera - a fierce immigrant advocate from Colombia.

Presidential Campaign Season and Immigration Reform

This year marks the 20th anniversary of my career as an immigration attorney.  Sadly, during most of that time, I've had policy disagreements with Congress and the White House on immigration issues regardless of which party has been in control. 

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