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2018 was a tumultuous year by virtually any measure.  U.S. immigration law and policy continued to be a mishmash of greater restrictionism, heightened enforcement, and devastating family separations at the Southern Border.

October saw hyperbolic messaging about the "Migrant Caravan" come to a crescendo, focusing on the ostensible threat posed if the caravaners were allowed to present themselves and apply for asylum (as U.S. and international law expressly permit).  After the midterm elections, caravan coverage subsided, until Border Security once again became the Administration's single, obsessive focal point.  The phrase "Border Security" has come to mean only one thing in the President's parlance: A WALL (or, maybe a fence; possibly "artistically designed steel slats"; it may also already exist, but the messaging on this topic tends to be confusing and contradictory).  Putting aside the initial promise that Mexico would pay for it, the President has refused to sign any spending bill which does not purport to fund his pet project in full, with the most-reported figure being $5,000,000,000.  At midnight on Friday, December 21st - 3 days before Christmas - government funding expired, and - with no agreement on funding for The Wall - a partial shutdown commenced.  As of this posting, the government shutdown is entering its thirteenth day, just as the Democrats are poised to take over the majority in the House of Representatives.

These shutdowns impact us and our clients in many way big and small.  But, the pain for some 800,000 federal workers is palpable.  And, while our work often brings us into direct conflict with government agencies and their personnel, we do not wish this sort of forced furlough on anyone.  As a small law firm in a small state, there's not much we can do to influence the high-level political maneuvering which will be required to break this avoidable stalemate.  But, we can try to help in our own small way.  That is why, for the duration of the federal government shutdown, and for 30 days after the government reopens, we will offer no-cost case assessments to any federal employees who may have a personal or family-related immigration issue or question.

Waiving our usual initial case assessment fee is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it is one concrete thing which we can do to let our faithful public employees know that we feel for them as they find themselves used as pawns in a negotiation which ultimately has nothing to do with their agencies, their missions, or the quality of the work they do on behalf of all of us.

Feel free to spread the word.  Appointments will be offered based on attorney availability.  Email us at info@immigsolutions.com, and include "Shutdown Request" in the subject line.

For our part, we hope that this offer does not need to last very long, as we want everyone to get back to work - and be properly compensated - doing the public's business.