Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dilemmas that challenge employers of undocumented workers

"To acknowledge or not acknowledge" that you hired undocumented workers? This New York Times article highlights the difficult choices employers face and the dilemmas posed when asked to "verify" employment of an undocumented worker for Deferred Action purposes. By verifying such employment, an employer also acknowledges that they "hired" an undocumented worker, which is illegal under federal law. Check out the full article here: And if you have any questions or concerns, please contact this office for further help.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Only 72,000 DACA/"Dream Act" Applications?

There was a lot of hoopla regarding the start date of the "Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program in the media. I saw endless clips of people lining up in Los Angeles at immigrant help centers, newspaper coverage, and truth be told, my phone wouldn't stop ringing. Now, after a month, it was recently reported that the USCIS has only received 72,000 applications for DACA. Numerous theories abound as to why such a low figure (and it is low considering USCIS estimates almost 1-1.5 million people are eligible) have decided to take advantage of this groundbreaking program. But one unfortunate theory seems to be universal: people are just plain scared. They're scared that the USCIS will get ICE to come knocking on the door. Scared that they used "fake" social security numbers. Scared that they might be targeted for removal if a Mitt Romney presidency comes into fruition.

Whatever the reasons, the number of applications is surprisingly and startling low. Which is why a lawyer's advice can come in helpful. A licensed immigration attorney can make all the difference. I've turned down numerous prospective clients upon discovering potentially damaging information. These are the fortunate ones; the less fortunate may have submitted applications that MAY be forwarded onto ICE. Further, a licensed immigration attorney (well a good one!) is likely to deliver a persuasive DACA application package (complete with cross-referenced exhibits, binding, "Notice of Appearance as Attorney..."), that will probably increase the likelihood of approval. If you are scared of applying for DACA and want to talk to a professional, please visit my website at or call 949-440-3240.