Celebrating asylum in a country where it’s hard to come by

Celebrating asylum in a country where it’s hard to come by Attorney Sarah Pitney It can be so hard to stay positive as an immigration attorney in times like these. Every day, we face new assaults from the president, the attorney general, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. This week, we learned that the attorney general is attempting to circumvent due process by telling immigration judges to reject asylum petitions without a full hearing if, upon initial review, they appear to be fraudulent or unlikely to succeed.

Client of the Month- March 2018- Yovanny Soto

Client of the Month- March 2018- Yovanny Soto   For March 2018, we want to highlight our clients, Yovanny Soto and Heidi Andrade, and their really cute kids.  On February 7, 2018, Yovanny was admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident after living in the U.S. without status for 18 years. Since he was a child, Yovanny has worked while going to school to help his elderly parents provide for his 16 siblings.  After his father was murdered in Guatemala, Yovanny fled his home with the hope of safety and a better life.

Why didn’t he just become a citizen? An immigration lawyer deconstructs a recent deportation

Why didn't he just become a citizen?  An immigration lawyer deconstructs a recent deportation This week, the internet was riveted by the story of the deportation of Jorge Garcia of Detroit, Michigan to Mexico.  Garcia had entered the U.S. illegally as a child, lived in the U.S. for thirty years, is married to a U.S. citizen and has two United States citizen children.  He has no criminal record.  On Monday, January 15, 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. day, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents escorted Mr.

The DACA Injunction

Last night, a U.S. District Court in California v DHS  issued a nationwide injunction stopping the Trump administration from ending DACA as it relates to renewals.  The court ordered DHS “to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission on September 5, 2017, including allowing DACA enrollees to renew their enrollments.”  The administration has vowed to appeal and will likely seek to place this ruling on hold in the appellate court. 

Against “Illegal” Immigration But in Favor of “Legal” Immigration? We Knew You Were Lying All Along

Against "Illegal" Immigration But in Favor of "Legal" Immigration? We Knew You Were Lying All Along Nearly every discussion I have with someone who is opposed to immigration eventually includes my opponent saying something like this: “I am not against immigration.  I am against illegal immigration.  I have no problem if immigrants come here legally.”  I have always had a strong skepticism of this particular position.  Most anti-immigrant people are unaware how limited the options for legal immigration are.  Most anti-immigrant people are unaware of backlogs, priority dates, age-outs, one year filing deadlines, stop-time rules, and the fact that, for many people, THERE IS NO LINE

Moving Uptown

Moving Uptown What a year! 2017 will go down as one of the weirdest years we can remember.  And for all the terrible news, we will remember this year as one of tremendous change and growth.  On December 22, 2017, we will officially occupy our new office space at 4530 Wisconsin Avenue.  While it is hard to leave downtown Washington DC, driving past the White House has lost nearly all of its charm this year.