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.

18 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

What Obama’s Immigration Action Means for Indian Americans

My article in India Currents on how the immigration actions announced in November 2014 by the President impacts Indian Americans is finally available here. While some of the most pivotal programs such as expanded DACA and DAPA are currently on hold due to the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, the Administration is moving ahead with the […]

09 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

#Asians4BlackLives

I am never quite sure how to begin talking about anti-black racism among diasporic South Asians and Pacific Islander communities. After all, indigenous Fijians are essentially black. Many Indians brought to Fiji to work as indentured servants were also much darker-skinned, when compared to their Indian-born counterparts. While Indo-Fijians are often prejudiced against native Fijians, in part, […]

23 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Thoughts On The Federal District Court Ruling Against Executive Action

The party over executive action seems to have fizzled out even before it started. As expected, late Monday, February 16, Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction against the implementation of two parts of President Obama Administration’s executive actions on prosecutorial discretion in immigration: an expansion of the current deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program, and […]

02 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Happy New Year from Canada!

I saw the majestic Niagara Falls for New Year in Ontario, Canada. It was cold, wet, and dreary, but so worth it. The Niagara Falls are on the list of 29 places people must see in the U.S. before they die. 2014 was a great year. I acquired license to practice law, received lawful permanent resident […]

25 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

#BlackLivesMatter

The system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect. – W.E.B. Dubois Marissa Alexander will spend more time in prison for not killing anyone than the person who shot an unarmed, young, black man, Michael Brown. The grand jury failed to indict anyone, much less Darren Wilson. When does that ever happen? That […]

21 November 2014 ~ 13 Comments

Executive Action on Immigration: Good, Bad, and Ugly

I went to bed last night mentally doing a checklist of everyone I know who qualifies and does not qualify under the President’s immigration action. As a community advocate and formerly undocumented immigrant, the word that most aptly describes last night is “bitter-sweet.” While the announcement is not enough, we do need to celebrate our […]

15 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Executive Action On Immigration – Who You Should Thank Before the Party Gets Out of Control

For more than a year now, I have worked with the grassroots movement trying to secure broad administrative relief from President Obama on immigration. I co-authored the Not1More Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations to the President in the Spring. Just a few months ago, we were quite unpopular amongst advocates in the Beltway, who were asking […]

23 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Glorious Journey Home – Part 3 (Pacific Harbour)

Like someone who has had too little of something too good, I’m savoring these posts because I don’t want it to ever end. That would mean it exists no more. I believe in savoring these moments because at the end of the day, it is all I have left of the place I call home. […]

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 […]