I am responding to Anon's letter, on behalf of all immigration lawyers. In my previous letter, I urged immigrants, in even seemingly simple immigration matters, to pay the price, and seek qualified legal counsel from the onset of their case, not only after things go bad. I stand on that advice, and thank Anon for agreeing with me that this advice is "right on the money". Interestingly, Anon goes on to reveal his belief in a "secret handshake", used by immigration lawyers, that "opens doors to the immigration system". In my more than 20 years practicing immigration law, I, and my colleagues in practice, have accomplished positive results for our clients by knowing the law and regulations, keeping abreast of the ever-changing policies and procedures, and working hard at our chosen profession. Angelo Paparelli's recent letter to the CIS Ombudsman brings to light the continuing dilemma of immigration practitioners vis-a-vis the immigration "system". I have had the honor of knowing Angelo, and belonging to the same local Bar Association Immigration Section as he, since 1986. I believe his letter to the CIS Ombudsman reveals that immigration lawyers seek results for clients, as well as changes within the "system", through intellect and advocacy, not "secret handshakes". Immigration lawyers may not all be perfect, and the "system" itself is not perfect, but notwithstanding Anon's criticisms, he has been afforded his legal rights and due process of law in the US. Not everyone can legally qualify for immigration benefits in the US, whether one is represented by the "local boy", or the "high end beauty", all of whom should be aware of the true "secret handshake".
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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