Faith in the System

Last week I had an increasingly rare “faith in the system” affirming experience in immigration court. I had a hearing for a Vietnamese woman who was taken advantage of by a Vietnamese American man about 15 years ago. He met her in Vietnam; they were married and...

Immigrant Hordes

The evil immigrant! This is a trope that unfortunately has been used for years. Why is it working now, when in fact the truth is that many of those arriving have a right to seek asylum, unauthorized migration is near historic lows, border communities have among the...

U-Visa for victims of crime

A U-Visa is available to folks that are victims of certain crimes in the United States. The reason that U-Visas exits is to encourage folks to report crimes to the police. If you are undocumented and you are the victim of a violent crime and you reported the crime to...

What to do in a home ICE raid

In today’s increased enforcement climate ICE raids have increased. Maybe not as much is perceived because ICE ultimately has limited resources however there is more emphasis on picking up people particularly in a state like California that does not allow immigration...