The purpose of our immigrant profiles is to provide insight into the many different lives and circumstances capsulated in the term “immigrant”. When we see public demonstrations for immigrants, some view them as people who should be able to stay in the US because they are just trying to better their lives. Others see them as illegals who should be sent home, no matter how long they have been here or what impact it would have on our economy or on their families.
As immigration attorneys, we hear many different stories every day, sometimes to the point of saying that “no one could make this stuff up”. We see people who are upright, decent people who work hard, want to follow the laws, pay their taxes and contribute in a very positive way to American society.
We also see people who were brought to the US as children and who don’t learn they are not legal until they register for college; people who falsified documents to be able to enter under someone else’s passport, bought fake green cards, or filed inappropriate immigration paperwork just to receive a work permit; people who pay someone to marry them in order to get a green card; or come to the US with lawful permanent resident status, only to be involved in criminal activities.
Hopefully, these profiles will allow the reader to better understand the people, their motivations, and the immigration process, so that real changes can be made to the current immigration system we now have.
The profiles are meant for illustrative purposes only. Real names and events are not used. Rather, the information is based on composites of numerous situations.