COVID-19 Update

We continue to work representing our clients during this unprecedented time. Our downtown office is closed to the public and we are working from home whenever possible.

Immigration court hearings in Portland, Oregon scheduled through May 1, 2020 have been postponed. The court will send out new hearing notices. Tacoma detained cases are moving forward as scheduled, however parties and judges will appear by video conference or by telephone.

Work authorization renewals will be processed with USCIS re-using biometrics previously captured.

DACA is BACK! Hopefully……

On Friday August 3, 2018 a federal Judge in Washington D.C. ordered the Trump Administration to reinstate the DACA program in its entirety. This means accepting new applications and hopefully also restoring the availability of Advance Parole (a special type of travel permit).

So can we file initial DACA’s when we get back to work on August 6, 2018? Not so fast. The federal Judge allowed the Trump Administration 20 days to file an appeal. I suppose we will see what President Trump decides to do with DACA.

Stay tuned!

Trumps shameful policy of separating children from their parents at our border

Over the weekend news reports emerged that the Department of Homeland Security has lost track of almost 1,500 minor children who had been placed into homes by the Office of Refugee and Resettlement.  Most of those unaccounted for are unaccompanied children traveling to the United States from Central American countries without their parents. The Trump Administration is likely to add to the number of unaccompanied children as he separates more children from their parents as a means of deterring would be asylum seekers.

Members of US Congress are taking notice of the problem and have started an investigation.  Attorney General Jeff Session has been holding press conferences in Arizona touting the Trump Administration’s policy to separate children from their parents as a means to deter asylum seekers from coming to the United States looking for refuge. The administration intends to criminally prosecute the parents and place children in foster care.

Needless to say there are many who work in this field from child advocates to immigration attorneys who are alarmed at the inhumane practice of separating children from their parents as an immigration policy. Shame on President Trump and the immigration hardliners advising his administration.

End of DACA – RIP 09/05/2017

On September 5, 2017 President Trump made good on his campaign promise to end DACA. Attorney General Jeff Session made the announcement in a press conference, where he laid out his false reasons why the program is unconstitutional.

What you need to know:

  • As of 09/05/2017 no initial DACA applications will be accepted.
  • For those DACA recipients whose status expires before March 5, 2018 they must renew by October 5, 2017.
  • For all others their DACA status will expire on the date listed on their employment authorization cards.
  • All pending I-131 Advance Parole requests will be administratively closed, meaning no decision will be make on those applications. USCIS will refund filing fees.
  • For those with approved Advance Parole – they may use them to reenter the country.


2016 Christmas Party

Christmas Party 2016- Grand Central Bowling.

To celebrate the holiday season Rachel, Yesica, Nick, Mitzi and Evelin spent the afternoon bowling at Portland’s cool Grand Central Bowling.



Trump Immigration Announcements 1/25/2017

Today Pres. Trump announced Executive Orders regarding immigration.  An executive order is an order or rule the President gives to administrative agencies directing them how to execute the laws that have already been established by Congress.  Today’s executive orders include;

  • building a wall between USA and Mexico
  • ending catch and release at the border
  • increasing the number of Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers
  • cutting of federal funding for sanctuary cities
  • removing immigrants who are in the country unlawfully who have committed crimes or pose a threat to national security.

There was no announcement with regard to DACA recipients. USCIS is continuing to process DACA applications until further notice.