ImmiGRAtion Blog

Post-election Immigration Update

Last weekend after the election I attended the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) California Chapters Conference. I was able to speak with other experts and listen to a government interagency panel about what changes may happen in immigration. I did a Facebook Live post to share the information with the public, ...

Angel Island

Last week I toured Angel Island for the first time. I was part of a group of immigration attorneys there for a day trip as part of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) California Chapters Conference in San Francisco. Angel Island is known as the Ellis Island of the West. The immigration station was in operation ...

Applications for U.S. Citizenship Have Been on the Rise!

Applications for U.S. citizenship have been on the rise this year, with many people hoping to be sworn in before election day so they can vote.  Many of my clients here in San Francisco applied for citizenship because it was finally their time, as well as to vote against He Who Shall Not Be Named. Many people have also ...

Grace Alano on Your Legal Rights Radio Show with Chuck Finney

My Appearance on “Your Legal Rights” Radio Show

I was recently a guest on Chuck Finney's radio show, "Your Legal Rights," on San Francisco station KALW.  Mr. Finney is the Deputy District Attorney for San Mateo. He has a weekly radio show with various legal topics.  Our week's topic was an update of immigration laws and issues. Other guests included J. Antonio "Tony" ...

H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Program

Discriminatory H.R. 158 Bill Targets the Wrong People

The Iranian-American community and its allies are rallying against discriminatory bill H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. In essence, the bill is overly and unreasonably broad in that it will render ineligible citizens of visa waiver countries who are of Iranian origin ...