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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws. – John Adams I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses. – Victor Hugo Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead As I write this, the new immigration legislation is on the Senate floor being debated. The title of the legislation is typically all...

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ILW’s Consular Posts Book and Aila’s Consular Handbook

Posted by on 8:32 pm in Immigration Legal Services | 0 comments

My wife and I were shopping for shoes one day. She walks over to me with a pair of black slip-ons. They’re on sale, she says, and they’re her size; but they feel a little tight. “They’ll probably loosen up as I wear them,” she says. Luckily, she always listens to me about clothes. “Probably not,” I say. “Is there anything similar that fits?” She takes me over to a full-priced pair from a name-brand manufacturer. These are nicer, a little simpler design, and the leather is softer....

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Tips for a Better Immigration Law Practice

Posted by on 8:33 pm in Immigration Legal Services | 0 comments

Laziness is the mother of efficiency. – Marian Propp To do two things at once is to do neither. – Publius Syrus It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted. – Mary O’Connor   Law is a very time consuming profession, especially for Immigration Lawyers. The simplest legal task takes hours. Most law practice is broken into two areas: the administrative work (billing, rent, parking, staff, etc); and legal work. The legal work is unpredictable because every...

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Why Most People Hate Lawyers

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Why do medical research labs now use lawyers instead of rats? Answer: Because lawyers do things that rats won’t do…. And because lawyers multiply faster than rats. What is slothful waste? Answer: A busload of lawyers going over a cliff, and there’s one empty seat. Why don’t immigration lawyers go to the beach? Answer: Cats keep trying to bury them.   The Creature Regrettably, I know a consummately uncouth and ill-mannered immigration lawyer. He reminds me of a cockroach in a cheap suit. His manner is so churlish, his...

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Robert Divine’s Immigration Practice

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A lawyer without books is like a workman without tools. – Thomas Jefferson There are all sorts of books of which the backs and covers are the best parts. –Charles Dickens A good book is opened with expectation and closed with profit. – Amos Bronson Alcott   The Lawyer’s Curse – Badly Written Rubbish I know all of you reading can appreciate this: I’m sitting in my office trying to find an answer to an immigration-family law question. A pricey immigration family-law book spreads before me. I’m...

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The Midnight Society

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A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. – James Madison   Amidst the din, another young male Latino, focused and serious, approaches the table and sits down. He tells me his situation. Can I do anything for him? No, I can’t. He entered the country “without inspection.”...

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The State of the Current Law (A Bloody Mess)

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Immigration lawyers – private and government – pull their hair out because the laws they have to work with are glaringly inadequate. Barak Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform, but then got into office and instead hammered a questionable and expensive health care bill into law. This formidable error delivered enough Republican representatives and senators into office in the mid- terms election to anger enough Americans into an almost anti-immigrant fervor. Obama could’ve been a hero, but now he’s seen as a...

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