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Our attorneys have appeared in a number of news media, including Telemundo, Univision,, the Daily News, the New York Law Journal, La Opinion and El Diario. Please read about our achievements and our ongoing efforts below:

April 3, 2014, Erica Pearson, The Daily News, “Delivered from immigration detention, Salvadoran teen gets wish to live in New York.”  The Daily News covered Ms. Amoachi and Mr. Johnson’s ordeal to have a 19-year old Salvadoran girl released by ICE after 7 months of detention.  She was abandoned by both parents and was eligible for her green card as a Special Immigrant Juvenile, but ICE placed what seemed like insurmountable barriers to her release.  She was ultimately reunited with her uncle.  This story also aired on Telemundo’s “Al Rojo Vivo,” both the before and after.

Jan. 13, 2014, Erica Pearson, The Daily News, “Long Islander Antonio Rodas is fighting to get his 19-year-old niece, Salvadoran Maria Isabel Peña Rodas, out of immigration detention and seeks to become her legal guardian.”  The precursor to the success story, above.

Dec. 1, 2013, Erica Pearson, The Daily News, “Deported U.S. citizen finally gets passport back,”  The article details Bryan Johnson’s incredible success in obtaining a U.S. passport for a U.S.-born citizen who had been detained for days, interrogated, and deported from the United States by Customs and Border Protection on account of not speaking English.  Living in exile, the Department of State refused to recognize her U.S. citizenship for years, even though she was born in Texas, until Mr. Johnson’s aggressive advocacy on her behalf.

Dec. 12, 2012, La Opinion y El Diario.  ‘Dreamers califican para la residencia.’  Pilar Marrero covered the story of Bryan Johnson’s clients, two children whose mother came to consult about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”).  The children were eligible for their residency as Special Immigrant Juveniles.  After this article, Mr. Johnson obtained a Special Findings Order for the children from the Family Court.  The article details the requirements for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a little-known remedy with far-reaching applicability.  The story appeared in El Diario several days later.

September 28, 2012, Telemundo: 47 Te Ayuda: Bryan Johnson reached out to Telemundo to stop the deportation of Miguel Palma, the father of a severely disabled 4 year-old U.S. citizen.  The case is currently pending.

August 13, 2012. Telemundo, Accion Difereda. Bryan Johnson was interviewed to speak about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA.)

He urged eligible individuals to at a minimum consult with an attorney before applying because of the inherent risks deportation that come with applying for an immigration benefit and because of the substantial possibility that DACA eligible individuals could qualify for permanent forms of immigration relief.

December 8, 2011.  Latina Lista.  “Guest Voz: Report: Obama Misrepresenting Deportation Statistics.”  Bryan Johnson’s shocking article on the Obama Administration’s misrepresentation of deportation statistics was featured on Latina Lista’s Guest Voz.  A new TRAC report, dated December 5, 2011, found that only 13.8% of deportations involved persons charged for criminal offenses.  Yet the White House released a blog blatantly stating that more than half of deportations involved immigrants with criminal records, an incomprehensible disparity.  Mr. Johnson brought attention to this under-reported issue.

November 24, 2011. Telemundo, “Piden Compasión.” On Thanksgiving Day, Telemundo ran a feature on the heartbreaking story of Santos Fernandez, a client in removal proceedings who desperately needs to remain in the U.S. to financially support and care for his paralyzed permanent resident brother and U.S. citizen aunt, who raised the two since childhood. Because Mr. Fernandez did not receive his notice to appear in court for four years, right after he turned 21 years old, his eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status was cut off. Ala Amoachi stated that Mr. Fernandez’ only chance for residency was  a private bill. The firm currently is fighting to get a private bill sponsored for this deserving young man.

October 7, 2011. Ruben Navarette, Jr. “Obama’s Confused Policy on Deportations.” A CNN contributor and nationally syndicated columnist criticized the government’s failure to effectively implement the Morton Memorandum, dated June 17, 2011, which provides for the termination of sympathetic cases. In his argument, he showcased Bryan S. Johnson’s case, Eulalia Barrientos, a mother of two U.S. citizen children who was eventually released from custody pursuant to a one-year stay of removal by ICE after Mr. Johnson’s tireless efforts to bring the case to the attention of the media. This is not only a reflection of Mr. Johnson’s willingness to achieve results for his client through extraordinary means, but also to bring attention to broader government injustices.

September 22, 2011 and October 6, 2011.  Telemundo, “No Sera Deportada,” and “Enfrenta Deportacion.”  On September 22, Telemundo ran the tragic story of Bryan Johnson’s client,  Eulalia Barrientos, a mother of two U.S. citizens who was detained  for four months and facing imminent deportation. Ms. Barrientos had no criminal history, was in the United States for almost 20 years, and dutifully paid her taxes. She was a clear example of the Obama administation failing to prioritize who should be targeted for deportation. Several weeks later, Eulalia Barrientos was released and given a one-year stay of removal. The joy and relief of being free was captured by another Telemundo exclusive on October 6.

March 30, 2011. Bryan Johnson was recognized for his extraordinary work in assisting the return of the unlawfully deported U.S. citizen, Emily Ruiz. Emily, who was 4-years-old at the time, was deported back to Guatemala when she and her grandfather were returning to the United States. Using his social-media skills, Mr. Johnson tweeted the story as it happened–both through words and pictures. His tweets appeared in several major media outlets, including CNN. He captured the happy ending when he tweeted:  “In the early morning hours, the Ruiz family was reunited with Emily. Mission accomplished #immigration”

December 23, 2010.  New York Law Journal. “Garcia v. 398 Crescent St. Property Inc.” (Free Version) Ala Amoachi successfully moved to dismiss a wrongful death action in its entirety against the owners of a building where the plaintiff had been murdered by a third party. The Supreme Court held that a building owner’s duty of care did not extend to a person who had no connection to the building where there was a third-party intervening actor over whom the owner had no control.

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