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.

21 November 2014 ~ 4 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 […]

19 November 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Breaking: President to Announce #AdminRelief Tonight

Post by The White House. The President will be announcing administrative relief announcement tomorrow night at prime-time, 5pm PST/8pm EST from the White House. As a community advocate, I am happy about this grassroots victory, but still concerned about the millions left out by the plan specifics. I am still worried about our communities being excluded, […]

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 […]

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 […]