Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.


Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

Undocumented California domestic abuse victim faced deportation

An undocumented 20-year-old woman from Mexico, who called 911 seeking emergency help for protection from her abusive boyfriend, had recently faced deportation.

The case stems from an incident in February of this year. The woman’s boyfriend kicked her out of their family residence, but kept their 18-month-old baby. In an attempt to see the baby and because she had nowhere else to go, she returned home.

When her boyfriend returned home unexpectedly, she called 911 out of fear, even knowing that this may trigger an investigation into her immigration status. In an unforeseen twist, the boyfriend told police that the woman was the aggressor in the domestic abuse and police decided to arrest the woman instead.

After a doctor’s examination of the woman’s body, which disclosed several bruises, the charges were dropped against the woman. However, her fingerprints were submitted to the Department of Homeland Security for an immigration check.

When the fingerprints showed that she was an undocumented immigrant, the deportation process began under the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Secure Communities program. The intent of the program is designed to remove undocumented immigrant criminals in order to protect the public.

The woman in this case argued at a recent press conference that the program does not only pursue criminals, but also unprotected victims such as herself seeking help from authorities. Opponents of the program are concerned about cases exactly like this one. They have argued that the program should not be applied to deter the public from seeking police help.

Opponents of the program also argue that it is an attempt to deport the community on a massive scale. In fact, according to immigration officials, the two-year-old program has led to the removal of 72,000 undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes. However, only a third of those individuals have committed violent offenses. In this case, the woman did not commit a crime, but the program was still used to initiate deportation proceedings against her.

Based primarily on the public outcry stemming from this case, the ICE has recently suspended the deportation of this woman. In addition, because this woman has been the victim of domestic violence, she may have grounds to have her immigrant status legalized. She has received approval to apply for a U Visa, which is allowed for immigrants who are victims of crimes, and the petition will be presented to immigration services.

Source: ABC News, “Los Angeles Woman Who Called 911 to Report Abuse Gets Reprieve from Deportation,” 13 May 2011


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