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Saturday, May 30, 2015

NEWS: Attorney Blandon Appointed to Asylum Committee of AILA

     Weston immigration lawyer Elizabeth Blandon was appointed to the Asylum Committee of the South Florida chapter of AILA for 2015-2016. 


    AILA is the American Immigration Lawyers Association, an organization representing over 13,000 immigration lawyers throughout the United States.  Ms. Blandon, as a Florida immigration expert, will now represent the AILA lawyers in Miami-Dade, Broward, and West Palm Beach counties on the Asylum Committee.

    The South Florida Chapter of AILA is one of the largest and most highly regarded regional chapters.  It received the prestigious Chapter Excellence Award from the national organization.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Christians in Kenya -- Best Example of Winning Asylum

       While religious freedom is woven into the fabric of the American dream, many people around the world lack this fundamental human right.  Today, terrorists in Kenya stormed a university, killing seventy people, and leaving over 100 injured.  


      The target? Students gathered for a Christian religious service at Garissa University College.  One witness states that the hostages were separated by religion, and only Muslims were spared.  Christians, in particular, were targeted by these terrorists. 

Making matters significantly worse is the government's inability to protect the Kenyan people, due to a critical shortage of police officers.  Targeted religious persecution, such as what these Kenyan college students suffered today, is a strong basis for an asylum claim.  

     If an applicant can demonstrate that they have been or will be persecuted simply on account of their religious beliefs, they are eligible for asylum and may be granted refuge in the United States.  In other words, if a Kenyan in the United States converts to Christianity -- even after being here for years -- that person can also apply for asylum.
    For more information on asylum, call the south Florida team of Blandon Law, located in Weston.  Our number is 954-385-0157.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Without Lawyers, Women With Children Hardly Ever Win in Immigration Court


     A report reveals that women with children need attorneys if they want to have any chance of winning their Immigration Court cases.  The report can be found by clicking here and is the result of a review of over 26,000 cases.
     According to the information, women who had lawyers stayed in the U.S. almost 30% of the time.  Women who did not have attorneys only avoided deportation about 2% of the time.  That's 2 women out of every 100.  The rest were ordered to leave, even though they were able to demonstrate a credible fear  of returning to their country.
     The majority of these families were fleeing harm in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
     The Broward firm of Blandon Law specializes in helping women and children win asylum.  The office is in the Weston suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, but our attorneys travel throughout the country.  Most of our staff are women and everyone speaks Spanish.  Call us at (954) 385-0157.  We would be honored to have the opportunity to help someone start a new life in the U.S.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Immigration Hires Asylum Officers Due to So Many Humanitarian Applications

  The Citizenship and Immigration Service just announced that it is hiring 65% more Asylum Officers.  See the announcement here
   In addition, two types of cases will go to interview almost immediately.  First priority is for those that the applicant requested a new interview date.  The second most important priority is for applications filed by children.  Last year, the United States was overwhelmed with children from Central America coming to this country and crossing the southern border.
   The Weston law firm of Blandon Law, located in Broward county, helps many of these asylum applicants prepare the case.  Our attorneys appear at the interview sitting beside the clients, who do not need to be from south Florida.  Our attorneys fly all over the United States representing victims of abuse by the powerful. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Russians with Deportation Orders Can Reopen Old Cases

     Russians who have deportation (also known as removal) orders can reopen their Immigration Court cases.  This is because the conditions in Russia have changed so dramatically.  When conditions worsen, Immigration Judges can reopen a case and allow the foreigner to apply for any form of relief.  In other words, if the Russian can now get a green card based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, the deportation order will be erased and he or she will become a legal permanent resident.
     In a 2014 Board of Immigration Appeals case, a former Russian protestor had his case reopened.  He did not go to court and found out about his deportation order much after the 90 day deadline. Now, he can apply for asylum with a lawyer by his side.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Parents from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - Call an Immigration Expert Now

     Starting in December, persons from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who are lawfully present in the United States will have a way to bring their children here.  Lawfully present includes anyone with a work permit, not just residents and citizens.  Click here to read the Dept. of State press release.

      The program will require parents to request asylum for their children.  If the application is granted, the children come in as refugees. One year later they can apply for a green card.  If the asylum application is denied, they may still be able to come to the U.S. on a case-by-case parole. 

      The Blandon Law team specializes in asylum and refugee law. To see some of our recent victories, click here.  All members of the law firm team speak Spanish.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

IMPORTANT CASE: Guatemalan victims of domestic violence can get asylum

     Today, the Board of Immigration Appeals -- which supervises the country's Immigration Judges -- decided that married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave an abusive relationship can get asylum in the U.S.  The case can be found on this link.  Although it is a case about a married Guatemalan woman, there is no reason that the case should not also apply to women from other countries where domestic violence is tolerated by the police.  There is also no reason that this logic should not apply to child victims of domestic violence.
     Blandon Law in Broward county has helped women survivors obtain asylum from countries as diverse as El Salvador and Turkey. One year after asylum, they obtain green cards.  If the domestic violence happens in the United States, we can help clients obtain green cards directly.  This is based on a law known as Violence Against Women Act. 
     If you know a foreigner who is a survivor, and needs immigration help, have them call the immigration law firm at 954-385-0157 to schedule a consultation.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Judges Rush, Attorneys Appeal - the Best Way to Stop "Fast-Track" of Asylum Cases

    Immigration judges are being instructed to handle cases within 21 days.  An article about it is found here.  Although this might seem like a fast way for the United States to rid itself of the thousands of unaccompanied minors that have entered through the southern border this year, it is actually not.
     An experienced attorney can file an appeal if the foreign national does not understand what happened in Immigration Court.  In 21 days it is impossible to give anyone a fair opportunity to obtain the proof needed, especially considering that the documents will come from the home country and require an English-language translation.
     If you know unaccompanied children applying for asylum who has been "fast-tracked," have them call Blandon Law at 954-385-0157.  We handle cases throughout the United States and all members of the staff speak Spanish.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

U.S. Detaining Families Seeking Asylum with "Bond" Rule


     The President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association recently wrote a piece about how the U.S. government is shamefully detaining families seeking asylum.  Using high bonds, or denying bond altogether, families are forced to choose between danger in their home countries or jail here.
    The Central American children's crisis has been going on all year, and only threatens to worsen.  At this link is a New York Times article from April 2014.
   We agree that families "should be permitted to seek the comfort and stability of life outside a detention facility while they wait for a fair decision."
    If you know someone who needs bond because they have been detained, have their friend or family member call the Broward law firm of Blandon Law at 954-385-0157.  All staff members speak Spanish.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Family, Without More, Can Be a Reason to Request Asylum

      Asylum is protection given to foreigners who may be harmed in their home countries.  The person applying must prove the fear is real and the reason for the harm.  In some countries, people may be harmed because their family members were harmed.  For example, in Guatemala, after a gang kills a father, they may continue pursuing the mother or the remaining children.
     Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that family is a particular social group.  So, someone can apply for asylum based on that "social group" alone, without also having to prove that they were attacked based on their political opinion or other reason.  See information on that court decision by clicking here.
     If you know someone who is in fear of being hurt in their home country after a close family member was harmed, please have that person call the Broward law firm of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157.  We work exclusively in immigration and are nationally recognized experts in asylum.  Everyone at Blandon Law speaks Spanish.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LGBT From Ukraine Likely to Seek Asylum

     Sadly, much of Ukraine is homophobic and does not believe in equal rights for members of the LGBT community.  The human rights country report on Ukraine for 2013 noted country-wide reports of intolerance for gays.  Many of those complaints included violence or the threat of violence based on a person's sexual identity.  In addition, even Ukrainian law enforcement officials participated in harassment and failed to investigate hate crimes.
Church of Mary Magdalene     With Russia's de facto invasion, the situation has undoubtedly become worse.  If LGBT activists hold pro-rights activities, Putin will use that as propaganda to sway Ukrainians away from the European Union.  In Russia, LGBT persons are routinely assaulted.  So, what choice would you make?  Stay mute in the Ukraine until the Russian bear passes or come to the U.S. for a chance at a better life?
     Yes, that's what they will do, too.
     If you know anyone who is or may be seeking asylum, have that person contact the Broward law firm of Blandon Law at 954.385.0157. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Difference a Good Lawyer Makes -- Danger in Home Country is Not Enough to Stay in U.S.

     In 2013, two hundred and fifty percent (250%) more people asked for asylum after crossing the border than in 2012.  This put a huge strain on the Dept. of Homeland Security.  Asylum officers were asked to conduct interviews day after day to find out if these foreigners had a believable (credible) fear of returning to their countries.  Of course, most did.
     As a result, these thousands of foreigners had their cases heard A SECOND TIME by Immigration Judges.  Lots of money lost paying salaries to Asylum Officers.
     This year, the Dept. of Homeland Security responded by changing the training lessons for these officers.  Now, before foreigners are allowed to stay in the U.S. and prove their case in court they will need to show Asylum Officers that they have a "substantial and realistic possibility of succeeding" in Court.  Even foreigners who are realistically afraid to return to their countries will be returned.
     An experienced asylum attorney, like those at Blandon Law in Broward County, Florida, will provide the Asylum Officer with substantial country information.  This research is obtained from the internet and from our hundreds of asylum clients throughout the world.
      If your relative or friend is detained, please call (954) 385-0157 before the Asylum Officer interview.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Why So Long for Asylum Interview? The Backlog Explained

     The Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) is experiencing HEAVY delays in scheduling asylum applicants for interviews.  This is because more persons are applying for asylum during the last three years than in a very long time.  CIS officers have also been asked to work on credible fear interviews instead of asylum interviews.  A credible fear interview involves several hours of questioning for persons who are detained and fear returning to their home country.
     If applicants fear that their lives or the lives of loved ones back home may be harmed due to this delay, contact the Florida law firm of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157 immediately.  We may be able to expedite the case.
     In addition, withdrawing the application may result in the case being sent to Immigration Court.  In some parts of the United States, it is faster to be heard by an Immigration Judge than to get an appointment with a CIS asylum officer.  Before taking this step, please consult with an experienced immigration expert as there are consequences to withdrawing or rescheduling.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Asylum for Landowners - Colombia, Venezuela or Any Other Country

     In many countries, leftist terrorist groups attack landowners.  If these landowners are in the United States, they should consider applying for asylum especially given the recent Seventh Circuit court. The appellate reviewers found that the Colombian landowner suffered because he refused to cooperate with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The case is
N.L.A., H.O.P.M., and S.L.P.L. v. Holder.
    The court found that the harm the IJ and BIA described as "derivative" was not derivative at all and that the FARC's threatening and kidnapping of the applicant's father was meant as a direct threat to the landowner. This is a developing area of law and, for that reason, it is important to be represented by an expert in the area.
     If you or someone you know has been threatened with harm because of land ownership, please call the Broward County law firm of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157.

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