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 […]

11 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Transitions

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 […]

19 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

White House Official Shamed Off the Stage at Annual Conference of Immigration Lawyers

Crossposted at LatinoRebels White House advisor, Cecilia Muñoz, was met with silence, jabs and jeers, and booed off the stage at the annual American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) conference yesterday. Several immigration attorneys and advocates who have been at the frontlines of the fight to end the detention of refugee mothers and children stood up […]