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

Obama administration eases restrictions for those seeking asylum

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2014 | Asylum

A recent modification by the Obama administration is lessening the restrictions faced by many immigrants looking to relocate to California or other areas of the country. The change affects people seeking asylum that may have unintentionally supported terrorists or their organizations. It redefines the definition of “material support” and how it is applied to asylum applications.

New exemptions are outlined in the adapted policy. If a person has no concrete ties to an established terrorist organization but inadvertently offers it support of some type, that person is no longer automatically precluded from receiving asylum. The exemption applies if the action that aids the terrorist is done incidentally as part of a standard business transaction. It also covers actions done under great duress.

Before the change, immigrants seeking asylum could be turned down based on actions that did not present a threat to the United States. One example of this includes a farmer who paid a fee to access a bridge that led to the market where he sold his wares. Another is a refugee who paid to gain safe passage from his home country.

Laws passed immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks were broadly written and applied unevenly, according to proponents of the changes. They claim those rules unfairly kept many people from entering the United States. They say the new exemptions are a step toward making America a welcoming sanctuary again.

Just under one-fourth of the 44,000 people who applied for asylum in 2012 were approved for entry into the country under that condition. The new rules, applicable in California and the rest of the nation, could swell that number greatly as more people meet the guidelines. For the people looking to escape oppression in their home country, an understanding of immigration regulations and how they are enforced could be an invaluable resource.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Obama administration will ease rules for refugees, asylum seekers, Christi Parsons, Feb. 5, 2014


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