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 […]

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06 July 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Obama’s Immigration Announcement Creates New Generation of “Undocumented and Unafraid”

President Obama’s directive to affirmatively issue deferred action to DREAM Act eligible youth is fostering a new generation of “undocumented and unafraid” students who will be spared from deportation. But it isn’t just young people who are coming out in throes. It is also our parents. At the National DREAM Graduation in Washington D.C., which was […]

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24 September 2011 ~ 5 Comments

FOIA: Lets Make Up Dates!

I finally got my FOIA documents from the Department of Homeland Security, courtesy my brilliant lawyer. There’s nothing of interest or importance in the stack of 300-something pages besides this one page, where the officer puts down that I entered the country on May 12, 2010, with the right to remain till November 12, 2010: […]

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09 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

AILA Issues Warning For Immigrant Rights Activists

The American Immigration Lawyers Association issued a warning to immigrant rights activists asking them to behave at their upcoming annual conference in San Diego: There is no question that activism in the communities also is helping to move the ball forward.  Those who are so engaged have our respect, admiration and at times involvement. That […]

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19 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

On Meeting the Young Daughter of the Man Trying to Deport Me

I was invited, along with my friend Gaby Pacheco, to speak to 5th graders at the Georgetown Day School about the DREAM Act. I almost did not go but I can’t really say no to talking to young kids. Of course, I’m terrified of it as well — it isn’t anything I’ve ever done. Then […]

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