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We have to look at the U.S. Immigration laws to determine who should seek asylum and who should seek refugee status. According to Giacomo Behar, an immigration lawyer and an immigrant himself, it’s simply a matter of where you are and when you apply. Are you on American soil, or are you somewhere else?
“Somebody who’s outside the United States cannot request asylee status. To request asylee status, you have to be physically present in the United States.”
And what about refugee status?
“You’re a refugee when you’re outside the United States – say you’re in Somalia, you’re a Christian and you’re being persecuted by a some Islamist.”
To qualify for either, you must show two things. You’re unable or unwilling to return to your home country because you’ve been persecuted. Behar states the second thing is:
“Persecution by the state, a government or by groups that the government is either unwilling or unable to control.”
That brings us to Texas and Murietta; what is the status of this flood of immigrants that produced this crisis? They don’t seem to fit either criteria for refugee status or asylum. These kids fall, in reality, nowhere. They are not refugees, and there are strict standards for asylum. You have to ask for asylum on political grounds, past persecution, or fear of future persecution or one of five other protected grounds.
Under current laws, when immigrants arrive on American soil, they cannot be simply put on a plane and sent back to their home country. Most will stay in the United States for at least a year and a half before they’re brought before a judge to determine their status. Since many are children, they will go to the head of the line because the court backlog today is 360,000 cases. Past history says over 90% will fail to show up in court. Behar believes none of this could have been achieved without Mexican authorities cooperating with whoever is responsible for this sudden wave of immigrants.
4.8 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 starsposted 3 months ago
I scheduled an interview with Giacomo to work through my issues with my green card. Not only did he speak with me for 45 minutes. He called me the following day (a Saturday) and he gave me additional information which assisted my case. He was empathetic and very knowledgeable of the law and precedence
5 out of 5 starsposted 1 month ago
I just came out of a very difficult E-2 visa application interview in Istanbul, Turkey. I was very nervous going in, because I learned that these interviews are very tough, but luckily I was very well prepared by my lawyer, Giacomo Behar who assisted me in all the steps of the challenging E-2 visa application process at the US consulate, including with the business plan they required. Mr. Behar came recommended to us by his previous Turkish clients, and we ended up having a very positive experience with him. It is very rare that one can work with a bilingual, Turkish-English speaking lawyer fluent in both languages. We had an excellent level of communications with Mr. Behar, who assisted me in getting approved for this difficult investor visa in Istanbul, where the entire process was complicated by the current difficult relations between the US and Turkey. I am thrilled with a good result I was able to obtain with Giacomo Behar’s help, especially because I was dreaming to be here with my 15-year old son, who goes to school in the US, and now my dream has come true! I am very grateful! Thank you Mr. Behar!
1 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
I wrote a review about these people and gave them a one star because they don’t answer questions ove the phone charge 200 dollars for a consultation. 200 dollars to answer one question that would take him less then 10 minutes to answer. Actually less than 5 based in my experienced with another attorney last night. Needless to say that attorney now has my business and that of many others I help through my community outreach program.
The owner replied to my review stating that in this country attorneys and doctors charge. He stated that recently he paid 750 dollars for his son to see a doctor for 10 minutes. If a doctor charged him 750 dollars just to see her/him, not including testing or treatment, but just to do an assessment, he got ripped off and not a smart man.
I was a medic for many years and before that I did biological research in the field of human sex development. I have never seen a doctor that charges 750 for a consultation. I know specialists that charge 150 to 250 but you can negotiate prices with the billing dept since insurance companies only pay a small fraction of that. I don’t know if I would want an attorney who gets ripoff that easily.
He went on crying about how he volunteers answering questions for free. Cry me a river, you are not the only one sweetie. As someone who was a medic for more than ten years until I injured myself and now I’m a Patrol Officer, trust me, I do more for my community than I get paid for. On and off duty. So please, save it for someone who is easily impressed.
He stated that he charged 200 for a consultation because he values his time and he values his clients. Yeah, 200 bucks for a consultation I would “value” my clients as well (wink wink).
The fact is that there are a lot of very good attorneys who do answer questions over the phone. Some will even call you back and talk to you and even e-mail you information related to your question. Some other very good attorneys I have met don’t charge for a consultation and they provided exceptional service. So to suggest that all attorneys or good attorneys charge, is totally misleading and unfounded.
The way this man sounds is more like a person who feels entitled because of his social and economical status and graves recognition. Sorry sweetie but your argument lacks common sense and makes you appear as a pretty arrogant person.