Immigration Attorney

Prerna Lal Prerna Lal created a historic national network of undocumented youth to organize for the DREAM Act and fight against deportations. A social media strategist, her pioneering use of online communications to stop deportations has become standard among organizations across the country. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and currently works as an immigration attorney.

20 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Glorious Journey Home – Part 2 (Coral Coast)

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ” ― Thomas Fuller Some days I just want to go somewhere where no one knows me and start over. Start over without the pain, loss, devastation, and grief that marred my journey to the United States. Start over without the trauma. The days […]

19 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Glorious Journey Home – Part 1 (Beachcomber)

Alright, so many if you want to know how it was to be back in Fiji, what we all did, where we went, and curse us for telling you about the wonderful, life-changing times we had while we were there. We landed at Nadi International Airport on Sunday morning. The air was fresh and crisp–though […]

06 October 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Freedom

It’s hard to imagine how a fish can survive without water, how a plant can live without sunlight, how a human can survive without air. Actually, it is rather impossible. And I can no longer do it. I went home on August 22, 2014, for the first time in 14 years, 9 months and 9 […]

04 August 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The 15-Year Prison Sentence Is Over

The statute of limitations on being undocumented is over. As of August 1, 2014, I am a lawful permanent resident of the United States. The actual process was easy, but that is probably because I’m an attorney. Last December, we had a 7 minute interview to prove that we had a bona-fide marriage. After that, I […]

28 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Boycott the White House: The Pathway to Citizenship Begins With Self-Representation

  Today, grassroots leaders from the immigrant rights movement went to several D.C. organizations with a simple request: Stop negotiating with the White House on behalf of directly impacted immigrant communities. Convening in front of the White House, immigrant leaders demanded that all organizations respect the established picket line and abstain from meetings with the White […]

16 July 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Coming Soon: Fiji Islands

Speaking from personal experience, I’m sensitive to the fact that many of my friends, clients, and community members are practically trapped in the United States, unable to visit their home countries, unable to see loved ones, and even attend their funerals abroad. But going back to Fiji, my home country, is all I’ve ever wanted […]

11 July 2014 ~ 6 Comments

Prerna Lal, Esq.

Work keeps me quite busy so I’m not writing quite as often nowadays. I do have great news. After various trials and tribulations, I was sworn in as an attorney last Friday. This means I can continue to help thousands of individuals in family and immigration court across the country. The whole process was smoother and […]

11 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Lal Legal: Law Office of Prerna Lal

Today is the official launch of my new legal practice, Lal Legal. At this new firm, my focus will be on family law, such as separation and child custody, and I’ll also handle all aspects of immigration law. Since immigration law is a federal matter, I can represent clients across the U.S., and even abroad. I’ve […]

09 June 2014 ~ 8 Comments

Long Awaited CSPA Decision Is Out — And Unfortunate

It is a 5-4 decision for the government in Scialabba v. de Osorio, and 65 pages long, which is why it took so long to release. Read the entire opinion here. This decision means imminent family separation. It means that (adult) children who age out of petitions filed on behalf of their parents cannot keep their […]

01 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A-Z Guide On Undocumented

Shoutout to my good friend, Julio Salgado, for his awesome front-pager in the OC Weekly. I assisted with the writing, as did Gustavo Arrellano, so it is full of snark. It’s on the stands today so go grab your copy! And since I’m at a Windcall retreat for the month, this is my absolute last […]