Attorney Henry Posada Urges Immigrants, Especially Those Under 30, to Pay Close Attention to Nationwide Debate

Veteran lawyer points out that upcoming presidential election suggests an uncertain future for immigrants

Oct 29, 2012, 13:37 ET from Law Offices of Henry A. Posada

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Posada, a highly regarded immigration attorney in Los Angeles is concerned about the state of immigration in 2013. While the Obama Administration policy allowing for deferred action for young people so they may remain in the United States without fear of deportation is in full effect, the future of immigrants young and old remains very much an open question in Mr. Posada's opinion.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has stated he will not choose to deport young people covered under the current administration's program, but most experts agree that the future of immigrants of all ages remains very much subject to the outcome of the 2012 elections. Among other matters, the future of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act—which would allow a large number of undocumented students and young people to permanently remain in the United States—remains subject to the results of the upcoming presidential, congressional, and senate elections.

"We've been extremely busy," says attorney Henry Posada from his bustling Los Angeles office. "The numbers of young people affected by these policies and, perhaps later, the DREAM Act is enormous and so is the level of confusion about just who and what the current Obama administration policies cover," he says.

With the U.S. presidential race tightening and the possibility of Republican control of the Senate at least a remote possibility, circumstances are converging to increase the sense of urgency as well, "Romney is on people's minds," says Mr. Posada. "The fact of the matter is that the large bulk of the Republican base is very strongly opposed to the kind of reform most immigrants need and favor and the DREAM act in particular. Governor Romney perhaps wishes he could court Latino voters more effectively. Yet, a number of his comments, not the least of which is Romney's 'self-deportation' initiative, are making immigrants and their supporters extremely nervous about the possibility of a Romney win. It is conceivable that a win for Romney could be a major loss for immigrants."

"At the same time, immigrants of all ages may consider taking appropriate legal action as soon as possible, with the proper legal help, of course" said Mr. Posada. In regards to deferred action, the immigration lawyer in Los Angeles stresses that USCIS has indicated that applying for deferred action will not ordinarily make a deportation more likely, unless a person has other derogatory matters in their background. This includes those with a criminal history, who shouldn't bother applying. Mr. Posada adds, "It deeply troubles me when I see non-lawyer paralegals, consultants, notarios, or even attorneys recklessly encouraging young kids and adults with disqualifying criminal histories to apply."

"There's a lot of distrust and a lot of misconceptions," he says. "It's a shame that the availability of a work permit, in California in particular as it's such a populated state, may not be enough to bring people out of the shadows due to understandable concerns about the future of immigration law."

Immigrants and their loved ones with questions about their immigration status can contact the Law Offices of Henry Posada by calling (562) 904-9080 or they can learn more online at

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