New Colossus, My Aunt Fanny

So help me, I am an immigration attorney. I've practiced on the East Coast, where illegal immigration and immigration fraud are generally viewed as victimless crime. I've practiced on the border where it's so easy to beat the system that nobody bothers trying to work within it. The only perspective I come from is I want good government -- responsive bureacracrats, well-versed judges, and enforcers with a sense of proportion.

Monday, November 24, 2008

If there's one fool for you, then I am it

I've got one thing to say and it's dammit, Janet, I love you!

Very excited about the prospect of someone who actually knows her stuff heading Homeland Security. Bloggers are predicting that Janet Napolitano will restore dignity to the cabinet position. I'm only sorry she has to stop being my governor to do so.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Punk'd Meets Cops

In the "It would be funny if it weren't true" department, Joe Arpaio, Reality Star.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

More on Alima Traore

Please urge your Senators to sign on to this letter.

Notario Alert

Even if you don't live in the Bay Area, you can still benefit from the work they ILRC is doing to combat immigration fraud. And please, for the love of all things right and good, if a "notario" or a "document preparer" tells you a story that's too good to be true, or says, "Sign here, I'll take care of the rest." Trust your gut.

I have seen clients who find that they have accidentally plead asylum, or married someone, or filed for an obscure government program that had nothing to do with them. Any of these programs will get you a work permit for a little while, while your paperwork is being processed, so you feel that you are getting somewhere. But what you've really done is put yourself on a fast-track to deportation.

Get good help. It's out there. A good place to start is this list of free or low-cost service providers. But many immigration attorneys will give you a free or low-cost consultation to discuss your real-life options. Please respect them as businesspeople and do not abuse this service.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Gordon re Arpaio

Gather round to hear Phil Gordon take on Sheriff Joe.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Stop the SAVE Act

You can use this easy link to write your senators and representatives.