Monthly Archives - October 2019

5 Facts about Migrant Agricultural Workers

Most economic experts say that without migrant agricultural workers the US economy would take a major hit. In fact, in acknowledgment of this reality bipartisan members of Congress have worked together to forge a bill called The Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security (AgJOBS) Act. This bill has been designed to be a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform as it relates to agricultural workers. It deals with reforming the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program. Here are a few facts about the migrant agricultural workers and the critical role they play in the nation’s economy.

Fact: Agricultural workers support the $985 billion agricultural industry.

Some studies show that the agricultural workers contribute $23.3 million to the economy of Michigan alone. Their financial impact on the US economy as a whole runs into the billions.

Fact: Most farm workers are not authorized to work legally in the U.S

In a National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) conducted in 2002, 53% of all seasonal agricultural workers admitted they were not authorized to work in the U.S. However, presently it is believed that as many 75% of agricultural workers are undocumented.

Fact: A large unauthorized workforce is bad for workers and for growers.

Intermittent worksite raids, immigration audits and investigations, Social Security Administration (SSA) “No-Match” letters, and other immigration-enforcement activities slow down production at farms. This is bad for both growers and workers. The solution lies in legislation such as the (AgJOBS) Act.agriculture

Fact: Continued “deportation-only” policies without meaningful reform will cripple the agricultural sector:

According to the Farm Credit Associations of New York, a severe and prolonged disruption in labor would be the result of enhanced “deport only” policies. Additionally, more than 800 farms in New York alone would be out of business if this policy was fully implemented.

Fact: Native-born workers are not filling agricultural jobs:

As the native-born population in the US is growing older and better educated, few people aspire to work on farms. Moreover, studies show that immigrants who do work on farm usually have several years of experience in the area. Thus, there is no learning curve for them to overcome.

Migrant workers face risks to their fundamental freedoms on a daily basis. However, this does not stop many of them from seeking to support their dream of becoming citizens by doing hard, grueling work on the farms and in fields. As an immigration attorney in Ventura County, I use my experience and skills to make this dream a reality for many on a daily basis. Immigrant rights in Los Angeles is my passion and my specialty. Call me if you wish to speak to someone about your case.

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Things you can do to Help Your Immigration Attorney with Your Case

When you hire an immigration attorney like me, you are essentially entering into a partnership. I will use all my knowledge and experience to help you achieve the outcome you desire but you will also have to play a critical role in the success of your case. As I – Erika Roman, immigration lawyer – listen to and agree to take your case I will need you to aid me in the following ways:

  • Be upfront and honest: When you first meet with an attorney she will ask you detailed information about your case. And although you may not understand why she is asking you certain questions, every bit of information you give your attorney could potentially be useful. Finally, remember that all communications between an attorney and her client is protected by attorney-client privilege laws.
  • Bring all documents related to your case: This includes letters and other correspondence, forms, etc., that in any way relate to your case. Failing to provide your lawyer with this information can seriously impair her ability to represent you.
  • Tell her your goals: A good attorney will always try to make sure that she and her client are on the same page as far as what the client is trying to accomplish. In order to do this, you must be clear about what your objectives are.
  • Stay in contact with your lawyer: Make sure that your lawyer has your contact information and can reach you when she needs to. You should also feel free to contact your lawyer if you think of additional information that is pertinent to your case. Remember, this is your case and no one has a higher stake in its outcome that you.
  • Be on time for appointments and court hearings: This will not only make a favorable impression on the judge but it will also help give you time to prepare for your hearing.
  • Do not talk to anyone about your case except for your attorney: If someone should try to contact you about your case then let your attorney know immediately.lawyer
  • Trust your lawyer: One of the reasons an initial consultation is so important is that it lets you know if the attorney is right for you. You should never let yourself be represented by a lawyer who you do not trust or who you are uneasy with.

In short, working with your lawyer to prepare your immigration case is important. After all, you and your lawyer must agree on a strategy and must be able to trust each other. This can only happen when you view your relationship as a partnership. I am Erika Roman, immigration lawyer and I specialize in immigration rights in Los Angeles. I will prove you with a vigorous and well thought out defense as part of our potential partnership.

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Question to Ask Your Immigration Attorney about Bail Bonds

There are vast differences between immigration bail bonds and normal bail bonds. For this reason, it will be of little value for you to seek out an attorney who is not familiar with the differences. In fact, it could cause things to turn out horribly for you if you do. This is the value of the free consultation my office offers all potential clients. Here are some questions to ask your attorney to help you prepare for your bail bond hearing.

What is an Immigration Bond Hearing?

An immigration hearing is proceedings in front of an immigration judge. The outcome of this hearing will determine the eligibility of an individual for bond and establish the amount of the bond. Just as is the case with a normal bond hearing you have the right to be represented by an attorney. This attorney should always be an immigration attorney.

How long have you been helping families with immigration bonds issues?

Experience is a great teacher. In fact, many people believe that it is the best teacher. Before you seek out an attorney who can help you prepare for your bond hearing, make sure that he or she is experienced in this field and that they have a proven track record of success.

What happens if the immigrant fails to show up for court?

As an attorney I strongly advise you to obey all laws that you are compelled to follow. For example, if you do not show up for court a warrant may be issued for your arrest which could lead to your being deported from the country. Thus, it is always best to show up for court on time no matter how much you may fear the outcome.

How much do you charge?

Finding out how much an attorney charges is one of the most important things you should know from the start. In deciding whether you can meet your financial obligation to the attorney you should consider that most attorneys will work to make out a payment schedule with potential clients. Also, know that what is at stake when it comes to immigration proceedings can be far costlier than any monetary expense. As someone who knows immigration rights in Los Angeles, the initial consultation is always free.

How will a consultation help me?

A consultation is of value to you in a number of ways. First, it lets a professional gauge the strength (and weaknesses) of your case. Second, it lets you know if the attorney is right for you. Lastly, it helps you prepare for subsequent legal proceedings.

No matter what your situation is you should always come to your consultation with a list of questions you wish to ask the attorney. Otherwise, the consultation will be of little value to you and he/she will not be able to determine whether or not you and he/she are compatible. So, if you are asking where I can find an immigration lawyer near me, look no further that my firm.

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5 Icons Who You Might Not Know Were Immigrants

Since the country’s founding, immigration has been one of the most divisive issues we have faced as a nation. This is ironic indeed since – with the exception of Native and African Americans – nearly every American who is alive today is the descendant of immigrants in one form or another. And since the current administration seems to be woefully ignorant of this fact, I would like to list some iconic Americans who were themselves immigrants. It is my intent to continue acknowledging these men and women who have made the development of this great nation possible.

  • Albert Einstein, Germany: This Nobel Prize–winning theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity is not only an example of the contributions that immigrants have made to the country and indeed the world, his story is also an example of the dangerous effects of what prejudice can lead to. As a German Jew, Einstein fled Nazi regime just years before the Holocaust began.
  • Levi Strauss, Germany: Unlike Albert Einstein, Levi Strauss is perhaps more famous for his first name than for his last. Yes, Strauss famously founded the company Levis and to this day there is hardly a wardrobe in America that does not contain a pair of his ubiquitous jeans.
  • Patrick Ewing, Jamaica: Ewing moved to the U.S. from Jamaica at the age of 13 and learned to play basketball in high school. He was named outstanding player in 1984 when Georgetown won the NCAA and was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won in 1984. Since then he has gone on to be named one of the top 50 players in the history of the NBA.
  • Bob Hope, England: Yes, arguably the most legendary American comedian of all time -Leslie Townes Hope – was actually born Eltham, County of London in 1903. Hope and his family emigrated from England when he was 17 years of age. For nearly a century, Hope had a distinguished career in radio, television, on Broadway and in movies. bob hope
  • Oscar de la Renta, Dominican Republic: This world famous fashion designer has dressed notables such as Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Penelope Cruz and Taylor Swift to name just a few.
  • Rita Moreno: This EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner was born in Puerto Rico. She immigrated to the mainland with her seamstress mother as a child and has gone on to win just about every entertainment award that can be earned.

It is somewhat frightening to think of how much our culture would be diminished without the contribution of the above individuals and many others whose talents helped to shape this nation. As an immigration lawyer from Ventura County, I recognize the contributions that all people can make to this country regardless of where they were born. I am immigration lawyer Erika Roman and I will speak to you about your case for free.

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