I REALLY want to stay here

A woman came to see us today for consultation.

Sixty-seven years old.

She has lived here for more than TWO DECADES.

On numerous occasions, the woman made efforts to file for her green card through sponsorship by employers.

The applications fell apart due to one company going out of business or another selling to an organization that no longer wished to sponsor her.

No trouble with the police.  Lives quietly.  Pays her taxes every year with a real social security card that she received in the early 1990s.

She attempted to legitimately legalize her status and it just has not worked out. So she keeps taking menial jobs and holding out hope for the law to change.

And what could we tell her?  “Wait for a new law. ”


Immigrants get swindled everyday by folks who mislead them into paying hard earned money to file applications that are doomed to fail and often result in deportation.

We sometimes say that all we would like on our website is “WE TELL THE TRUTH.  WE KNOW HOW TO HELP YOU.  IF WE CANNOT HELP YOU, WE WILL WARN YOU NOT TO GET RIPPED OFF.”

“Take a look at these hands. You don’t have to mention it.  No Thanks. I’m a Government Man. And the heat goes on…”

Written by: Harlan York

Immigration Attorney Harlan York is Former Chair, Immigration Section, NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee. Mr. York appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. He was honored as First Ever Immigration Lawyer of The Year in NJ by Best Lawyers.

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