My Panel Discussion at AILA CFC’s Annual Conference and Why it is VERY IMPORTANT for You to Hire an ETHICAL ATTORNEY

I had the pleasure of speaking before AILA Central Florida Chapter’s 28th Annual Conference this past weekend. It was my first such engagement before the group and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

I had the pleasure of meeting immigration superstars like Mary Kramer and Ira Kurzban, who are considered two of the best immigration attorneys in the country.

The main issue discussed during my panel discussion was the unique ethical issues immigration lawyers face because of the special circumstances with which they deal. I discussed the problems of confidentiality and communication, which sometimes complicate the immigration attorney’s task. Immigration attorneys face unique problems because most of their clients do not usually speak English and face other cultural circumstances that may make complicate the representation.

It is very important to choose an ethical attorney with an excellent reputation when hiring an immigration attorney. An ethical attorney with an excellent reputation among adjudications officers will facilitate your case, because the government trusts your attorney.

Please leave me a comment with your thoughts or email me at if you have any questions.

Many unaccompanied Central American youth traumatized

Originally posted on Friends of Refugees:


Many of the 30,000 (some articles say 60,000) Central American unaccompanied minors who have entered the U.S illegally since last January have come with histories of trauma. Many of the children and teens have been physically or sexually abused. For example, the USCRI refugee contractor says more than 90 percent of the girls they’re dealing with have been raped. An article at NPR explores this troubling issue:

Many of the Central American children who have entered the U.S illegally in recent months have come with a heavy burden — a history of hardship and violence. And many of the children now face difficult and uncertain futures.

This has social service agencies around the country scrambling to figure out how to help the more than 30,000 unaccompanied minors who have been placed with family and friends since January, as they await their immigration hearings.

One of those nonprofits is Mary’s Center…

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SCOTUS Grants Certiorari to Two Immigration-Based Cases for 2015 Term: Will the Government Have to Explain Its Exercise of “Discretion”?

Originally posted on The National Law Forum:

Greenberg Traurig Law firm

The United States Supreme Court is back in session as of last Monday, Oct. 6—often referred to as “First Monday” due to the fact that the term must begin on the first Monday of October by law. Among its roughly 50 case docket, featuring headliners that will refine Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and agency regulatory authority, the Justices will tackle two cases that stand to have a considerable impact on American immigration law and procedure.

The first of those cases, Mellouli v. Holder, concerns the issue of whether a noncitizen—even a green card holder—can be mandatorily detained and deported for possessing drug paraphernalia.Section 237(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act broadly authorizes the deportation of noncitizens that find themselves caught up in charges related to a “controlled substance.” Currently, the circuits are split as to whether the drug paraphernalia itself, the possession of which is prohibited by some…

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Majority of people deported over the last decade were non-criminals

Originally posted on Voxxi:


A majority of the 3.7 million people who were formally removed between fiscal years 2003-2013 were non-criminals, a new report by the Migration Policy Institute finds. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Of the 3.7 million immigrants who were formally removed from the United States over the last decade, a majority were immigrants with no criminal records, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.

The report released Thursday examines formal removals that occurred since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in 2003. It finds that while criminals account for a growing share of formal removals, non-criminals represent 59 percent of the 3.7 million people who were formally removed between fiscal years 2003-2013.

SEE ALSO: Latinos are disproportionately affected by deportations

That means a total of 1.5 million formal removals over the last decade involved criminal offenders. Of those criminal removals, 18 percent involved…

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Deferred but still in limbo

Originally posted on Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities:

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals granted young immigrants who met specific criteria the chance to apply for a temporary license to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.“My mom cried. She told me how proud she was that I was now an ‘American;’ that I finally belonged in the country.” Two California youth talk about their DACA stories, on Richmond Pulse.

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Why You Should Care About What is Occurring to Women and Children in Artesia, NM

Originally posted on The Messenger:

Christopher Elmore, Esq.
Attorney at Law

Why You Should Care About What is Occurring to Women and Children in Artesia, NM

I do not think that anyone really knows how to reply to a five-year old boy who lifts up his shirt, shows you a scar, and says, “this is where he put the knife in my stomach.” Under the circumstances, I certainly was not able to guarantee this young boy that he would be safe from such a traumatic event happening again. He and his mother are being detained while the United States government vigorously and unapologetically pursues sending them back to Honduras.

On an afternoon in mid September of 2014, I was speaking with the boy’s mother about her upcoming credible fear interview in the “Family Residential Center” in Artesia, New Mexico. She was explaining to me that she left Honduras because gang members who live on her block were extorting money from her and were threatening to kill…

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Mohammed and the night bus: A search for #asylum and hope

Originally posted on Ann McGauran:

Mohammed's asylum application has been refused

Mohammed’s asylum application has been refused

Mohammed came into this  south-east London food bank in search of help. But he feels no sense of belonging here any more – and seems disconnected from the events taking place around him.

He’s a casualty of war. He made the journey from Iraq to the UK in 2005 as a stowaway on a lorry, when he was 22 years old. His father, one of Saddam Hussein’s policemen, had been killed. The terrible trip took three or four weeks. To this day he doesn’t know what happened to the rest of his Kurdish family. They ran away to Syria and he lost track of them after that.

He’s homeless now and his asylum case has been refused. He can’t work, because he hasn’t got the immigration status to do that. Feeling that he’s come to the end of the line here in England, he…

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Mississippi Moments Podcasts: A Delta Chinese Family in the 1940s-60s

Originally posted on The Law Offices of Amelia S. McGowan, PLLC:

Many of us here in Mississippi often take for granted the rich cultural history of our Mississippi Delta.  While thoughts of Delta culture often conjure up images of the region’s many blues masters, immigrants have also played a vital role in making the region unique.

One such immigrant group are the “Delta Chinese”–immigrants (and their descendants) who originally came to the Mississippi Delta region to fill cotton planters’ labor demands following the abolition of slavery.  These immigrants and their descendants quickly began paving their own paths in the region, as many opened small grocery stores and other businesses in Delta towns to serve the needs of the primarily African-American cotton pickers.  While many of these stores have since closed, some remain and have flourished to this day.

Mississippi Public Broadcasting recently aired the story of Dr. John P. Quon, a Chinese-American who grew up in the small Delta town of…

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