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

9th Circuit appears ready to define relationships for travel ban

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just been hearing oral arguments regarding the scope and applicability of President Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim nations. In July, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban could not be applied to anyone with “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The administration interpreted that to mean that spouses, fiancés/fiancées, parents, children, siblings, and in-laws could come to the U.S. However, it left grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins out, claiming the Supreme Court had not intended these relatives to be allowed in.

It also made a sweeping decision that the ban still excludes virtually all refugees, even those with agreements with a U.S.-based resettlement agency.

By the end of oral arguments on Monday, it appeared clear that the Ninth Circuit panel would expand the types of family members considered “bona fide.” It was not as clear what would happen to the refugees, according to the New York Times.

“How can the government take the position that a grandmother or grandfather or aunt or uncles of a child in the United States does not have a close familial relationship?” asked one of the judges.

Ban found unconstitutional by two courts; Supreme Court to consider case in October

The travel ban was originally issued in January and then revised in March. Then, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found it unconstitutionally discriminatory. Next, the Ninth Circuit determined it was unlawful because it exceeded the president’s authority and lacked adequate justification.

In July, the Supreme Court issued the provisional ruling that restricted the ban to those without credible claims of bona fide relationships. It will only remain in force until the Ninth Circuit defines those terms. The high court will hear the case fully beginning Oct. 10, but it will probably be some time after that hearing before a ruling is issued.


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