Immigration Law

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Law School Clinic Brings Deported Army Vet Home
Posted on 21 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brooke Staggs, Orange County Register, Sept. 20, 2018 - "Wearing his black Army uniform and maroon beret, Fabian Rebolledo stood tall Wednesday on the lawn of his family’s Azusa home, happy to be back on American soil for the first time in... Read More

Deported Army Vet Hector Barajas Wins Fight for US Citizenship
Posted on 30 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press, Mar. 30, 2018 - "A deported U.S. Army veteran has been granted U.S. citizenship, a move made possible by California Gov. Jerry Brown’s pardon of a criminal offense last year. Lawyers for Hector Barajas said... Read More

Nielsen Thumbs Nose at Mattis over Deportation of Veterans
Posted on 4 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Apr. 4, 2018 - "Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to have ignored a directive from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to prevent the deportation of noncitizen troops and veterans, seeking to remove a Chinese immigrant... Read More

15 Years After Deportation, Marine Wins Right to Come Back to U.S.
Posted on 21 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Dec. 18, 2017 - "A Marine Corps veteran who has been living in Mexico for 15 years will return to California this week, in what may be the first time a veteran deported for a criminal conviction has been allowed back... Read More

Deported Vietnam Veteran Dies Impoverished in Mexico
Posted on 27 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Hector Barrios died this week. It’s okay if you’ve never heard of him. You have no reason to know who he is. The short version: Hector was a decorated U.S. veteran who died abroad, impoverished and estranged from the country he... Read More

Citizenship, Finally, for Army Veteran, Federal Employee
Posted on 22 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Nearly 50 years after he arrived here from Cuba, Mario Hernandez, a former federal employee and an Army veteran who for decades thought he was a United States citizen, and was never told otherwise, finally became one on Wednesday. At a field office... Read More

Iraq War Army Veteran Now Immigration Reform Activist
Posted on 14 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Francisco Lema has become an immigration activist — in great part because the Ecuadorian-born Iraq war veteran has family members who are undocumented. “I still have some relatives that live here in New York, that unfortunately don’t... Read More

Tags: veteran , Iraq , pearson , reform , lema , Army

Deported Connecticut Army Veteran Gains U.S. Citizenship, Reunites With Family
Posted on 27 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peggy McCarthy, New Haven Register, July 24, 2017 - "Arnold Giammarco, the Army and National Guard veteran deported to Italy nearly five years ago, is back home in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. ... Giammarco landed at JFK Airport on... Read More

For Daniel Torres, Military Service Leads to American Citizenship
Posted on 25 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tatiana Sanchez, San Diego Union-Tribune, Apr. 22, 2016 - "Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely the first unauthorized immigrant... Read More

Faulty Plea Bargain Threatens Deportation for Army Iraq War Veteran
Posted on 22 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Neuris Richard Feliz, 29, a former power-generation specialist for the U.S. Army, lives in a small apartment above a Lancaster storefront. In the dining room sits his photo in green uniform, against the backdrop of an American flag. On a shelf,... Read More

New immigration policy may keep Marine vet, family together
Posted on 28 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Alejandra counts her blessings. In addition to having the house, a beautiful family and a good job, she has something that can never be taken away: the unbelievable generosity of a high-school teacher who kept her in school and, eventually, pushed... Read More