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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 8:20 pm on July 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: discrimination against disabled employees, , U.S. citizenship,   

    Immigration Office Discriminates against the Disabled? 


    The immigration laws passed by Congress provide special provisions for people with disabilities. In particular, there is a process called disability naturalization, where individuals who cannot learn to speak English or otherwise retain information because of a disability, can be exempted from certain parts of the naturalization process.

    As background, naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen. To become a citizen, a person must first, generally, have been a permanent resident with a green card. To obtain citizenship through naturalization, a person must speak English, take a history test and know how to read and write English. An exception to all of this, is if they have a disability such as blindness, deafness, mental disorder, etc.

    While historically, the immigration service has approved many of these cases, I have noticed a trend in Houston lately where the interviewing officers are looking for ways to deny disability naturalization or otherwise give the disabled a hard time. For example, in a case that I  had at the Houston immigration office today, the officer, Ms. C. Arredando, claimed that she could not read the doctor’s writing on the immigration form that the doctor is supposed to complete.

    While doctors may be notorious for their poor handwriting, the doctor’s writing in this case was clearly legible to this Houston immigration attorney. When the officer was losing that argument, she then claimed that the doctor’s signature was not original, but rather a scanned copy. All the while, this poor disabled client who does not speak English was being told she would have to come back (after driving two hours to get there and waiting over an hour until her name was called) another day with a clearer form and original signature.

    Sadly, this is the new reality of how disabled clients may expect to be treated when visiting the Houston immigration office. The notion of the government accommodating people with disabilities does not seem to ring true, from my recent experiences, at the Houston immigration office. Perhaps the current strategy of the Houston immigration office is to frustrate as many people as possible so that they will drop their efforts to become a U.S. citizen.

    For further information, I can be contacted at bruce.coane@gmail.com or 713.850.0066 or 305.538.6800.

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  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 8:23 am on July 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cancellation of removal, , U.S. citizenship   

    Deportation for Drug Possession? 

    Today I am preparing for an immigration court trial that takes place later this week.

    My client is from Honduras and has been a legal immigrant for over 15 years. He has been eligible for U.S.citizenship for many years but never applied. Has he applied and become a U.S.citizen, then he would have not been subject to these deportation proceedings.

    He was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He plead guilty to the lesser offense of possession, but still must fight immigration allegations that he was “dealing.”

    At trial this week, we will need to prove that he was not dealing cocaine, and that the large quantity he was charged with possessing was not his or otherwise not under his control.

    Fortunately, a law known as cancellation of removal allows a judge to let our client keep his green card (legal immigrant status) if we can prove he’s not a dealer and that there are equities in his favor.

    One final note, and that is, there is mandatory jail detention for any legal immigrant charged with a drug offense other than, perhaps, simple possession of a small quantity of marijuana. So, my client has been in immigration jail for many months, waiting for this trial which will get him released immediately if he wins.


    About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at houstonlaw@aol.com, 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

    • claire 10:41 am on May 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      what happens if u are married to a us citizen and they bring drugs into your home to sell but u never do drugs and are not involved can u get deported and could you lose your licence if u are an attorney . Is this worse than marrying a stranger and being done for marraige fraud. please advice . please it’s for my bf and she won’t visit a lawyer for advice she lives in N.Y. and her bf Is a felon

  • Coane and Associates,PLLC 3:49 am on February 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , lawsuit against Homeland Security, lawsuit against US Passport Agency, lawsuit against US Social Security Administration, U.S. citizenship   

    Lawsuit Filed Against Homeland Security-Guru Orders No DNA Testing 

    I filed another lawsuit against Homeland Security this week, on behalf of client’s seeking proof of citizenship for their child. Homeland Security is requiring DNA testing, yet my client’s guru, says the child may not be tested nor receive any needles or injections.

    My clients are U.S.citizens and their child was born in India. They sought to register the child’s birth at the U.S.Embassy in India and they passed-the-buck and refused to do it without DNA testing. Instead, the U.S.Embassy issued the child a visa so he could accompany his parents to the U.S.

    The child is now 10 years old and attending public school in Houston, Texas. He has a vaccination waiver from the State of Texas because of the family’s religious beliefs, as verified by their guru.

    Other parties to the lawsuit include the U.S.Passport Agency and the Social Security Administration, who have refused to issue a passport and social security card, respectively, to the child. The lawsuit seeks to compel these government agencies to issue proper documents to the child. A federal judge in Houston will decide the case.


    About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law, and, immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at houstonlaw@aol.com, 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800. mhg912PV

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