23rd Jan 2015
Tuesday night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address before members of Congress. He mentioned many issues facing our country and he again brought up immigration.
“Yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is snatched from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”
16th Jan 2015
Mexico’s Embassy and Consulates within the U.S. have announced a new program to provide certified copies of Mexican birth certificates to Mexican citizens residing in the U.S. This will be helpful for obtaining reliable identity documents that frequently are needed to obtain immigration benefits such as immigrant status and potential benefits such as DAPA for parents of citizens and expanded DACA for children raised in our country. Hats off to the government of Mexico to facilitate obtaining these important documents.
“ACTÚA, VEN POR TU ACTA”
Como parte de las acciones anunciadas por el Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto el pasado 5 de enero en materia de registro civil, a partir de hoy los mexicanos en el exterior podrán obtener copias certificadas de sus actas de nacimiento expedidas en México a través de nuestra red de Embajadas y Consulados. El canciller José Antonio Meade Kuribreña encabezó hoy en Santa Ana, California un evento nacional para el lanzamiento de este nuevo servicio, en el que participó la red consular de México en Estados Unidos.
Esta medida responde a una demanda histórica de nuestros connacionales y beneficiará a todos los mexicanos en el exterior, particularmente a aquellos que no cuentan con un documento que acredite su nacionalidad mexicana.
Este proceso será de especial relevancia en Estados Unidos, donde la nueva posibilidad de obtener un acta y la capacidad de solicitar un pasaporte o matrícula consular, ayudará a los mexicanos a estar mejor preparados para solicitar beneficios de los programas de Acción Diferida, conocidos como DACA y DAPA.
Para obtener las copias certificadas del acta de nacimiento, el interesado debe presentarse personalmente en el Consulado o Embajada de México que le corresponde, con una identificación y pagar el costo de $13.00 dólares estadounidenses por cada copia certificada.
Cabe destacar que:
• Se debe contar con los datos completos de la persona interesada: nombre completo, fecha de nacimiento, lugar en donde fue registrada la persona o CURP (Clave Única de Registro Poblacional) para poder localizar su registro en la base de datos de RENAPO (Registro Nacional de Población).
• Las copias certificadas que se emitan en los Consulados y Embajadas de México tendrán plena validez, como si se hubieran obtenido en el estado de la República donde nacieron.
El gobierno de México invita a todos los mexicanos residentes en el exterior que lo requieran a beneficiarse de este servicio y acudir a la Embajada o Consulado más cercano para obtener una copia certificada de su acta.
10th Dec 2014
Yesterday was one of the happiest days in my life as an immigration lawyer.
I’m helping out pro bono with clients at the Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas and yesterday Immigration Judge Glenn McPhaul granted a $1500 bond to my client from El Salvador and her 19 month old toddler. They’ve both been incarcerated by our government for over two months.
My client is one of the bravest people I have ever met. She has suffered through unspeakable domestic violence and gang abuse and is still just a teenager. We’re working now to post this bond and to get Mama and baby on their way to their sponsor in New York.
At the end of our hearing, Judge McPhaul turned to me and asked if I wanted to speak with my client.
I certainly wanted to explain to her in my best Spanish that we’d won the lowest bond amount possible from this court and that soon she and her toddler will be freed and traveling to New York. But I got so choked up I first had to compose myself. With tears in my eyes, I explained the good news. She also cried with joy and relief. Everyone in the courtroom, including the judge, seemed to be very happy at that point.
Please understand that I’ve concentrated my immigration career on employment and family based
immigration cases. I was worried that my training and experience hadn’t prepared me for this kind of case, and that I hadn’t been around immigration court enough to be a competent advocate for my valiant client. Fortunately I wasn’t in this alone.
I had my long-time mentor, Barbara Hines, telling me why I needed to volunteer for a Karnes bond case, about the difference I could make, and her promise to help me.
I had another mentor, Kate Lincoln Goldfinch. Kate was with me as I traveled to Karnes when we first met my client (and her own pro bono client). She accompanied me to two immigration court appearances in San Antonio including yesterday’s bond hearing. Kate fielded my texts, emails, and calls, and gave me wonderful advice and encouragement.
There are a number of other wonderful lawyers who encouraged and helped me. I now have a much greater admiration and respect for all pro bono immigration defense lawyers, and all the lawyers and support staff at the nonprofit agencies who fight these righteous battles each and every day.
Although I’m elated that my client and her baby will be free to await the remainder of their court proceedings while being kept safe and secure by relatives who wait with open arms, I’m absolutely appalled and disappointed that our country is detaining children and families. It is unconscionable for our country to detain children and families.
The happiest day for me as an immigration lawyer will really be when family detention stops and when our government acts in a way that reflects our values and our history. That day is not today. I hope it’s coming soon. I urge you to step forward to oppose family detention and help these clients who so desperately need our advocacy and protection.
Written by Paul Parsons, AILA Member and Karnes Volunteer
27th Nov 2014
11th Jul 2014
KUT’s Joy Diaz interviews a recent victim, Teresa Farfan for the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas AG, and yours truly.