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Sunday, September 13, 2015

One of Venezuela's Best Known Political Prisoners Chose Blandon Law - Should You?

      The Broward County immigration law firm of Blandon Law is proudly representing Venezuela's Marco Coello in his request for asylum.  He is one of several students arrested together with Leopoldo Lopez in 2014 for political reasons.

     If you or someone you know needs protection from the government of their home country, please have that person call (954) 385-0157 and schedule a consultation.  All staff members speak Spanish and work hard to help foreigners become future US citizens.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Germany's Response to Refugee Crisis

          Germany has more asylum seekers than any country in the European Union.  Follow this link to see how they deal with them.  Maybe the United States could learn.

          Blandon Law in south Florida works with asylum applicants not only in Broward but throughout the United States.  A foreigner must be in the U.S. to apply for the immigration benefits of asylum such as work permit.  If you want to know about your chance for success, call 954-385-0157 and schedule a consultation.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico Nationals Clog the Immigration Courts - Blandon Law in Florida Can Help with Asylum

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Over forty percent of the persons that the Department of Homeland Security is trying to deport in Immigration Courts are from Central America.  The Florida firm of Blandon Law specializes in asylum for many of these persons. 

Our attorneys travel to Immigration Court hearings anywhere in the United States.  All team members speak Spanish.  With asylum, not only do persons in court avoid deportation, they also get a work permit and -- if we win -- status that allows them to get a green card one year later.

Persons from Central America continue to outnumber those from Mexico when DHS seeks deportation orders in Immigration Court, according to the latest government data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The full report can be found at this link.

During the first ten months of fiscal year 2015, 42 percent of DHS filings involved individuals from Central America, primarily Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This figure is up from 25 percent three years ago in fiscal year 2012.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Three Best FAQs on Applying for Asylum

Image result for free photo blog questioning1.  When a foreigner hires a law firm, is the client responsible to provide the written evidence or is this information discussed on the phone calls with the paralegals and attorneys throughout the process?

The clients are asked to provide evidence to prove what they are telling us.  Attorney review means that the attorneys review the documents provided and, if those documents are somehow insufficient, the attorneys will let the client know why another document might be better.  For example, if a client claims that his family moved, he will be asked to provide proof of the move. Maybe the client will provide a letter to prove it.  After attorney review, the Attorney will state why that letter may not be sufficient and suggest the client obtain a receipt from a moving company or sale of the house instead.  This is not work that a paralegal will do because it has to do with immigration law.

2.  Can the Attorney provide a list of documents that the client will need in order to submit the asylum application to immigration?

There is a list of basic documents including passport and birth certificates.  With Attorney Review, however, the client discusses the case with the Attorney who then makes a request for specific documents based on what the client claims happened. It's like homework.  Usually, when we receive those documents, other questions come up and we will need to request other documents. For example, if a client tells us he was in the hospital for one day, we will request proof of that.  If the hospital letter then says the client was in the hospital for two days, we will ask for an explanation of the inconsistency (one day testimony, but two days documented). If the client then says, "I was actually in for one day, so that's a mistake by the hospital" we will request other proof to confirm that the hospital made a mistake (such as receipt of payment of only one day in the hospital).

3. Must asylum applicants remain in the state where they reside at the time of the application filing or can they travel between different states in the U.S. during the process?

Applicants can travel within the United States during the process, but must interview at the Asylum Office as directed on the interview notice.  Each time applicants move (different from just temporary travel), they must inform the Asylum Office of the move.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ASYLUM and whether you can get a work permit and later a green card through this process, call 954-385-0157 right now.

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.

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