17 December 2013 ~ 3 Comments

An Easy I-130 Marriage Interview

Today, I walked in and out of one of the easiest I-130 interviews at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Heterosexual or not, standalone I-130 interviews are rare. They are typically given when the foreign national spouse is in removal proceedings or deported from the country. The purpose of the interview is to establish […]

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22 November 2013 ~ 12 Comments

Community Voices: “The Good Fight”

I was honored to be on Episode 2 of The Good Fight with Ben Wickler, a progressive show about people changing the world. Friend of this blog, Professor Allegra McLeod at Georgetown Law, had her research on immigrant and criminal convictions covered extensively in an article by The Atlantic on Why Are Immigrants Being Deported for […]

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14 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

I Was Supposed To Get My Lawful Permanent Residence Today

The stage was set. The Immigration Judge gave us this date at my last hearing. It was supposed to a warm and fuzzy weekend, with my U.S. citizen partner and I flying out to San Francisco from the East Coast to attend the short ceremony. My family, from all over California, had promised to take […]

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19 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

When the U.S. Government Says “Oops We Are Sorry, We Do Not Wish to Deport You”

I’ve had an interesting few weeks. On November 6, the DHS counsel in San Francisco filed a motion to dismiss removal proceedings in my case and told me to apply to the USCIS under de Osorio v. Mayorkas. That sounded like a fair request until DHS also filed a motion to stay the issuance of […]

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12 October 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Immigration Court, Take II

My partner and I both woke up at 5 a.m. and we made our way down to San Francisco for my second Master Calendar hearing yesterday. It takes about 1.5 hours to get from Antioch to downtown San Francisco in the morning. We were there at 7:30 a.m. and grabbed some breakfast from a cafe […]

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