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 was recently appointed as an immigration attorney for the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley, where she is also a clinical instructor at the East Bay Community Law Center.

20 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Why Don’t Mexicans Just Come Here Legally?

I receive this question a lot from non-Mexican readers of this blog, and sometimes even clients who are wrestling with the legal immigration process.  After all, immigrating should be a matter of filing out some paperwork and waiting your turn. But what if that wait lasts a lifetime? What if you had to wait a […]

12 August 2015 ~ 2 Comments

The Complete and Utter Frauds At U.S. Bank Mortgage Department

I entered the wonderful and tumultuous joys of home ownership last year. After all, rents in cities across the country are sky-high enough to make home ownership cheaper. Insert some fake platitude about the American dream here. We love our home, and have upgraded it a lot since our purchase. We’re also prompt in making our monthly mortgage […]

11 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments


This summer I received a wonderful and surprising opportunity to move back to the East Bay, California. And unsurprisingly, I took it. I will be working at the University of California, Berkeley Law School’s community clinic, the East Bay Community Law Center as an attorney and clinical instructor, where I will head up the historic […]

15 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Shameless Exploitation of A Tragedy In San Francisco

  Crossposted from Medium The tragic death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, allegedly at the hands of an undocumented immigrant, has conservatives gleefully trying to vilify all immigrants as criminals, and liberal politicians scrambling for cover by trying to roll back hard-fought local sanctuary city protections that keep immigrant families together. The mainstream media […]

02 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

ICE Releases Woefully Inadequate Transgender Guidance

Crossposted from Medium – Advancing Justice | AAJC Responding to grassroots pressure from advocates, and mounting criticismfrom congressional leaders such as Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unveiled an 18-page memorandum for the care of transgender immigrants in detention this week. While these guidelines are a step in the right direction and long […]