02 Aug Representing Clients Nationwide
The United States Constitution commits control over immigration to the United States Congress. Congress, pursuant to this power, introduced the modern Immigration and Nationality Act in 1952, and has since made many amendments. Immigration is therefore a mater of Federal Law, which means that an Immigration Lawyer duly admitted to practice before the courts of one state, may represent clients in all of the fifty states, and the District of Columbia.
The newspapers have been reporting many stories related to immigration into the United States, both legal and illegal, over the past few years. California, due to its international border and the largest immigrant community of any state, has been the hotbed of the debate over immigration, including the attempted introduction of unconstitutional legislation designed to trample the rights of immigrants.
At the center of the debate are the attorneys, like myself, who practice Federal Immigration Law in California. Since all of my seventeen years of immigration experience has been in California, I have been at the forefront of the battle for immigrant rights, and have been exposed to the most cutting edge legal issues in the field. My firm’s national reputation for success is the product of experience gained in California, but useful throughout the nation in immigration law. Our clients in the United States cover the map from New York to Hawaii, and all points in between.
In any given day, I personally handle telephone inquiries from all over the nation. People say, “I have read your articles, and want your firm to represent me, but I live in Nevada, or New York, or Hawaii.” After discussing the intricacies of the client’s case, I explain to him, as I am explaining to you, that immigration law is Federal Law, and that I currently represent people all over the nation. Clients are reassured when they know they can get a nationally renowned Immigration Specialist to represent them, anywhere in the United States.
In the past year, my office has represented clients in deportation and administrative hearings in San Francisco, San Diego, and Honolulu. We currently handle labor certification applications for clients in ten different states, including New York, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The more geographically diverse our client base grows, the better prepared we believe we are to handle the increasingly complex cases that come into our office. Indeed, cases only become easier with more experience in a different district.
Of course, clients ask how myself or a lawyer from my office will be able to appear for a hearing in another state. I tell the client that our lawyers will be on a plane in the morning, if that is necessary to represent the client. Clients may have to finance travel arrangements for the attorney, but this is usually a small percentage of the cost necessary to obtain the best representation. The most important thing for my clients is that they know they have the best attorney available to represent them before the Immigration and Naturalization Service and in Immigration Court, no matter where they live.