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

Immigration laws may legalize parents of children born here

Immigration law at one time allowed the parents of a child born here to apply for and achieve legal status. That procedure was eliminated during a period of harsher feelings toward immigration policy, and possibly also influenced by higher unemployment rates brought on by generally poor economic factors. California and other jurisdictions now must deport the undocumented parents of a United States citizen. As discussed in a prior blog, with respect to younger children born here, this is done rather unceremoniously in a manner that destroys the family unit.

More than 1.5 million California children have at least one parent who is here illegally, according to an investigative report published by the University of Southern California. According to a USC sociologist, the parents’ immigration status has a dramatic effect on the economic, educational and sociological development of the children who have citizenship. The parents’ status continues to affect those children even in their later, grown-up lives.

For one thing, children with citizenship but with illegal parents tend to live in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, have insufficient funds and resources and face severe social stigma due to their parents’ status. Even if a child who has citizenship goes on to graduate from a graduate school and pursue a career, he or she will be hampered often by engaging in extraordinary efforts to assist the parents and perhaps others. This then hampers the individual from achieving economic stability and success in a career.

The research from USC supports that if the parents can get derivative citizenship through the child it will engender greater mobility upwards into the middle class. Former illegal immigrants who have acquired citizenship get significantly better jobs, improve their education and are socially well-integrated. The children in such a circumstance tend to get a higher education, and the overall outcome is toward a self-perpetuating cycle of economic family stability.

Furthermore, an immigration strategy toward naturalization of the parents brings substantial economic benefits to the economy of California. The increased prosperity of these legalized families adds significantly to the state’s prosperity in terms of much higher tax revenues and higher all-around spending. Furthermore, as boomers retire and other workers leave the state’s workforce, the normalized status of these immigrant families will supply a more educated, economically secure and socially-integrated successor workforce.

Source:, “How a parent’s immigration status shapes the economic lives of their US-born children,” Leslie Berestein Rohas, May 10, 2013


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