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

California asylum cases could take years to be heard

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2012 | Asylum

New reports concerning the backlog of federal immigration courts may be a cause of concern to California immigrants detained by authorities. Reports show the court’s handling of undocumented immigrants’ cases are flawed and the caseloads are falling behind tremendously. Even in cases where the immigrant is not seeking asylum, immigrants could wait over a year and a half to have their cases adjudicated.

Some of those cases took over five years to finish. An analysis of the immigration courts showed delays that resulted in crowded court calendars, and performance reports may have even overstated the court’s ‘actual accomplishments.’ The reporting is said to be so inaccurate that the reason for the delays cannot be determined. The study and its findings are based on eight sample states and almost 2,000 immigration removal cases from approximately three years ago.

Over half of the cases had continuances granted to them, sometimes even up to four continuances, which resulted in over a year’s delay. Inaccuracies concerning the disposition of those cases were also reported. This is of great concern to immigrants currently in custody, and also for those who may not be. Those seeking asylum could be living in fear of returning to their countries, and with the delays, there is a fear of the unknown. Although the Justice Department made recommendations to help streamline the hearing process, it could be a while before any changes are implemented.

California immigrants detained by authorities could be held for years before their asylum or other cases are heard. Hopefully, changes will soon occur to help their cases move faster. For now, it may be in their best interests to seek out knowledgeable help. Doing so may help reduce their time in custody and/or help their cases move through the court system more rapidly.

Source:, “Justice Department: Immigration courts are flawed, backlogged,” Gary Martin, Nov. 1, 2012


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