Have you heard of families like our friends who paid thousands of dollars to a lawyer who exploited their vulnerability? Carlos and Laura are a couple from Highline School District. Carlos came to the United States from Mexico, 10 years ago. Laura is a US citizen. They were engaged to be married.
Driving home from work one night, an unmarked car forced Carlos to stop. Plain-clothed police pulled him from his vehicle, and then took him to Tacoma for lock up in the Detention Center. Laura and Carlos didn’t know what to do. Together, they are raising 4 children. He was there for several months.
YOU GIVE NEEDED ADVICE AMIDST CONFUSION AND FEAR
Carlos and Laura finally decided to have their wedding ceremony while he was in the Detention Center. Someone recommended a lawyer they hoped would be able to help their family be reunited once again.
They paid $8,000 in fees, but didn’t hear from the lawyer again for several weeks. When they finally did hear something, it was bad news. He was unable to help with Carlos’ immigration case. The money was gone and Carlos was still detained, unable to provide for his family. Finally, Carlos was released from the Detention Center but there was still a significant amount of legal work needed to be done for his case.
They found another lawyer that was affordable but she was too overloaded with cases to take on another client. They are now working with yet another lawyer who has already charged them $7,000 in fees.
YOU OPEN THE DOOR TO AFFORDABLE LEGAL ADVICE
Carlos and Laura have been though quite a heartbreaking ordeal, and they are more than happy to share their story in hopes that it might help someone else get quick, reliable legal services from Immigration ABC.
WHAT HELP WOULD YOU SEE FOR THEM WITH IMMIGRATION ABC?
If Laura had made an appointment with Immigration ABC, she would have paid $20 for her first visit. She would have received high-quality, low-cost advice from one of the trained counselors at a fraction of the cost of typical attorney fees to work out Carlos’ next legal steps. When Carlos needed a lawyer to go to court, counselors at Immigration ABC would have recommended reliable lawyers, known for their fairness and affordability.
YOU PAVE THE WAY TO LEGAL STATUS FOR IMMIGRANTS
Carlos and Laura are only one example of hundreds of local families in need of legal help from Immigration ABC’s. There is a huge need in the greater Seattle area for legal services that Immigration ABC can provide.
In this year of bad news, especially for displaced people, YOU can make a difference. YOU can heal some wounds.
#GivingLove2Immigrants is the campaign of Immigration ABC to put YOU in the driver’s seat of kindness by choosing to act now in two ways:
1.Donate to the year-end goal of $7085 that will extend basic legal services to 20 families like Carlos and Laura in 2018.
2.Learn to welcome America’s new residents with the “S.A.N.T.A. Approach”. (I do this all the time when I see foreign-born people at stores.)
- SMILE: smile at them
- APPRECIATE: let your facial expression affirm them
- NAME: share with them your first name; they may share theirs.
- TELL: tell them a little something about yourself
- ASK: ask them gently where they were born, how long they’ve been here.
I thank you for every kindness that you will extend.
Immigration ABC of Nazarene Compassionate Alliance Northwest
P. S. Donate today to put smiles on the faces of America’s newcomers.