What Does Trump Mean for Washington? We Asked 15 Smart Locals

What Does Trump Mean for Washington? We Asked 15 Smart Locals

“People are bracing. Although President Obama deported over 2 million people, a lot of those people are border-crossers, illegal reentries. We are looking at efforts to identify deportable individuals away from the border in places like Virginia, Washington, Maryland. I tell [my clients] that we’ll fight with them. But there’s a number of people for whom there’s not much you can do."
How Trump's immigration stances could affect the tech industry

How Trump’s immigration stances could affect the tech industry

"If you’re a US tech company, your recruitment just got a lot harder," added Ava Benach, founding partner of Benach Collopy, an immigration law firm in Washington. "Finding people who want to come to the US now may be more difficult. People who have brown skin might feel pretty uncomfortable coming to the US under these circumstances."
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Hillary Clinton’s Child-Deportation Flip-Flop

Ava Benach, an attorney with Benach Collopy, added that Clinton’s previous stated view resulted in loss of life—and that, thus, she has a credibility problem. “She has supported and defended the administration’s aggressive approach since the numbers of children showing up increased,” Benach said. “And that’s an approach that’s led to detention and illness and deportation and death.”
CHRISTINA LOPEZ, TRANSGENDER IMMIGRANT DETAINED AT SANTA ANA JAIL, GETS BOND

CHRISTINA LOPEZ, TRANSGENDER IMMIGRANT DETAINED AT SANTA ANA JAIL, GETS BOND

“The judge recognized that Christina’s detention has gone on far too long and accepted Christina’s efforts to live a healthier life,” Ava Benach, Christina’s attorney, said in a press release. “The strong showing of Christina’s family, community and supporters gave the Judge comfort that Christina should be granted a chance to rebuild her life after such prolonged detention.”