Sometimes I need to remember this to keep things in perspective. As we end 2011 and move on to 2012 I am reminded of my clients who are braving untold hardships in trying to make their lives better, keep their families together, escape from poverty, violence and hopelessness. In choosing to do what I do I realize that there are many battles I will lose, our laws have not caught up to our realities and until that happens we will we will continue to cause chaos that I believe we will be dealing with for years and years to come. After every battle lost (and every battle won for that matter) we who care about our immigrant clients and their families trying to forge ahead in our brave new world, have to continue to keep in mind why we do this. Because we have to. Because someone has to. Because it is the right thing to do even when it breaks our hearts.
Be Sure to Look at the Instructions after January 1, 2012 to confirm the address for filing I-130s because they are changing. In fact I would say look at the address each time you file an application, sometimes they sneak in a change of address and it isn’t publicized as well as it could be or, lets face it, maybe you ignored that email that day because of the zillion others you got from your various listservs. Anyways, while usually filing in the wrong place isn’t the big of a deal, i.e., immigration sends you back your packet all out of order, stamped up and stapled in weird places, if you are trying to file by a deadline (client is turning 21 soon for example) that delay can be deadly. Even when it is not a big deal, your client will get copies of the rejection letters too and it is a little embarrassing to have to explain that you mailed them to the wrong address. it undermines you as well even just a little bit, (IF she can’t even file the app in the right place how is she going to handle my case’s more complicated aspects is floating through the client’s head even if they do not say it.)