Immigration Lawyer Wallie Mason '87 Quoted in New America Media on Syrian Refugees in California
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Immigration lawyer Wallie Mason '87 was quoted in New America Media about the Obama administration's designation of Temporary Protected Status for Syrians currently in the U.S.
"TPS is great and it gives you benefits, but at some point in the future
the U.S. government will say, ‘We think Syria has stabilized, and you
have to go back now,’” said Wallie Mason, a Los Angeles-based
Mason, who has more than 25 years of
experience with asylum cases, said that for certain TPS applicants,
consulting with an experienced immigration attorney is crucial.
Applying for asylum, she said, might actually trigger deportation
proceedings if the applicant has a felony, or two or more misdemeanors
in the United States on their record. Other issues that could
complicate matters include having served in the armed forces of a
foreign country, she said.
"Anyone who has served in the Syrian
military would be well advised to see an immigration attorney before
applying for TPS, as the current government of that nation is considered
to be a gross violator of human rights by the international community,”
Read more in New America Media, "Syrians Flee Violence at Home, Find Refuge in Southern California"