I have to wonder how much the “Notice to Appear” is an act of political retaliation. From the lose calculations I can make regarding my immigration file and the backlogged immigration courts, it would take a couple years for USCIS to obtain a removal order from the judge. Due to family visa date retrogression in both the first and second preference categories, I’m probably out of luck even with the severely backlogged courts. Then again, last year San Francisco Immigration Court granted relief in 40 out of the 77 cases of Fiji nationals in proceedings, with 7 cases given voluntary departure. Only 13 cases were actually removed. My odds are better than 50 percent. Why is USCIS wasting their time and resources?
It’s not just an attack on me. It’s a collateral attack on my family, from my 82-year old U.S. citizen grandmother to my 5-year-old niece, all of whom live together in the same household. And it is quite unfortunate that my family’s taxes are going to support a government that is trying to deport their future. A government that is on the verge of shutting down because three men cannot agree on the issue of subsidized pap smears. Maybe DHS is right — I am an alien because I certainly cannot make sense of this.
I would like to thank everyone for the support that I’m receiving and hearing from people I haven’t seen in years. Please know that this isn’t the end of the world and we’ll fight this out in court. If we can’t win in court, then we would just need to do this in the old-fashioned “jam their fax lines, fill their voicemails, shutdown their emails and sit in their offices” way. There’s plenty of time till the climax.
Besides, the more time and resources they waste on me, the less time they get trying to squash someone who cannot fight back. Bring it on.
If you don’t find me blogging for the next three weeks or answering calls, it’s because I’m actually spending time studying for law school finals!