April 29, 2016
Finally a Step Forward?
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard the U.S. v. Texas case. Texas was actually not able to challenge the President's authority for the executive action for DAPA. Texas only objected to subsidizing driver's licenses for new qualified applicants because the fee the DMV charges is less than the cost to produce the license. Texas was not able to prove it has legal standing to sue the federal government when it is clear that the federal government has the authority to issue deferred action and work cards to immigrants. It is ridiculous that every time the state has to incur a cost to implement a federal rule or regulation will they be able to sue the government and we hope the Supreme Court Justices will agree with that and allow DAPA to go forward after all these delays.
A Reminder of Why We Love Our Job

Our representatives went to Alabama on Wednesday afternoon in an event that we organized with La Jefa radio station to inform people about their rights and opportunities to file for green cards under the current law. The response was overwhelming and we met some very nice people and were able to hear their stories. Some of these were very sad. The majority of the participants came to the U.S. undocumented and later married a U.S. citizen.

It was heartwarming to meet and be able to talk to all of them. Listening to their stories made us reinforce why we are working in immigration law, helping people to keep their families together. Here are some pictures of the event.

One of these couples had a very sad story. They met and got married and went to an attorney in Alabama to file their immigration paperwork. The U.S. citizen wife was disabled and could not work, and her husband who came from Mexico was her only means of support. The attorney who did not know about the waiver process, which our firm has done hundreds of times successfully, took their money and gave them the wrong advice. That attorney recommended to the couple to leave the U.S. and for them to get married there and file the paperwork from there lying about the fact that they were living here. At the end of the case the agency found out about this material misrepresentation and denied the case. The husband became subject to a permanent bar for the misrepresentation all the while thinking the attorney was there to help them! Had they stayed in the U.S. and told the truth they could have been approved for a hardship waiver and the husband could have gotten his green card because he meets the qualifications.
The requirements include that the person has only one entry without a visa, that they are married to a U.S. citizen and that the U.S. citizen spouse would suffer extreme hardship in their absence. If you know of anyone who meets those requirements, give us a call.

Integrity is one of our law firm's top values. We are honest with our clients and we would only recommend a solution that will help our clients maximize their chances of success and would never jeopardize their future immigration process. If a case is not very likely to be approved, we thoroughly inform our client about the chances up front and discuss what other options they may have. Unfortunately not everyone has the same professionalism and it is so important to beware of unethical people. If someone offers advice that sounds shady, stop immediately and go seek another opinion.