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

Man denied asylum after failing judge’s bible test

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2014 | Asylum

People immigrate to California and other states for a variety of reasons. Some come to join family members who arrived here before they did. Others want the chance for a better economic future. Still others come for religious asylum, seeking the religious freedom they cannot find in their home country.

A man seeking asylum from China was denied it when he was unable to answer detailed questions about the bible. In his immigration application, the man said he had been sent to prison because he attended a church that was not sanctioned by the Chinese government. He was also beaten for his beliefs.

The federal judge overseeing his case in New York devised a quiz to test the man’s credibility as a Christian. He was made to retell the story of Paul, one of the disciples, and recount specific details of his life and teachings. Although the man retold much of Paul’s story, he was unable to answer questions that pinpointed the timing of Paul’s conversion to Christianity. In response, the judge found that the man’s claim he needed religious asylum were not credible.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed that decision. It determined that the judge should not have assumed that the man was not actually a Christian simply because he gave hesitant answers to some of the questions. Instead, the court found that the man was nervous about his situation and, accordingly, should have been given some leeway.

The laws concerning asylum are complicated and may be difficult for people trying to immigrate to California or elsewhere to understand. It is helpful if they acquire a good working knowledge of immigration law and how it may impact each individual situation. It remains to be seen how this case will ultimately be resolved, but the appellate court has sent the case back to the lower court for additional review.

Source: New York Daily News, Appeals court demands second chance for immigrant who failed judge’s bible quiz, Daniel Beekman, Jan. 24, 2014


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