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Hassan Ahmad @HMAesq
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Tales From An Immigration Lawyer

Today was yet another reminder of what happens when there's no check on hate.

First consult this morning: An American who faces dim prospects of ever being together with his Syrian fiancee. #NoMuslimBanEver
Second consult: A young Mexican, bullied his whole life because of a speech impediment, stopped sending money to his family when his abusive, alcoholic father stole it. Then his parents threatened to kill him if he returned.

Nearly zero chance (thus far) on winning asylum.
Third consult: Three brothers of a former client. Two other brothers already murdered; 2 sisters were raped and beaten. MS-13.

You get used to seeing fear in people's eyes. But it doesn't get easier with time.

Strong asylum claims, but not eligible to file. So they're stuck.
Fourth consult: A young man from UAE. Asylum pending and very uncertain. Got a labor certification approved, but because of the way USCIS reads the law, he'll have to leave to get a green card. Highly uncertain prospect. No way to give security.
What are the takeaways?

1. Immigration is fraught with uncertainty.

2. All the due process protection of traffic court, except it's your life on the line.

3. All of my clients today were attempting to follow the law.

4. Deportation is not, and should not, be the only cure.
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