March 7, 2015
By Alexis Krell
“I think that, but for our intervention and the cooperation of (the federal Department of Homeland Security) to help these people who were victimized, that yes, he would have faced definite deportation,” said Chavez’s attorney, Manuel Rios.
Chavez’s wife and three minor children have legal permanent residency in the United States, and the 41-year-old Midland man hoped several years ago that the Lakewood company, E.C. New Horizons, could help him get the same.
“He’s just a guy that’s trying to be with his family,” Rios said.
Now Chavez is trying to avoid deportation to Mexico, and recently settled a lawsuit against New Horizons, which allegedly prepared his paperwork and gave him unauthorized legal advice.
Chavez’s case for legal permanent residency was complicated to begin with because of two prior deportations, and the actions of New Horizons had him dangerously close to being sent back to Mexico, Rios said.
No one answered the phone when The News Tribune called the company several times last week, and no one answered the door when a reporter stopped by Thursday.
According to Chavez’s lawsuit:
The business is registered with the state Department of Revenue under the name of Edwin Cruz as a portrait photography studio and under the name Mauricio Terry as an administrative management consulting service.
A Better Business Bureau accreditation sign was in the window of the office at one point, though E.C. New Horizons is not accredited by the BBB.
An online ad on the Lakewood-JBLM Patch website used a statement from Terry, saying the business provides “consultation services for immigrants who are looking to start the process of gaining permanent residency, citizenship or a Work Authorization Document.”
The ad also said: “Rather than attorney fees, we provide the extra service.”
In 2011, Cruz and Terry were accused of misleading advertising and agreeing to give legal advice and prepare immigration-related documents for customers. They settled with the state Attorney General’s Office for $2,000 in civil penalties and $6,000 in attorney fees and legal costs.
Noticero de Univision: Manuel Rios analiza su caso representando un hombre al punto de estar deportado después de haber contratado un “notario”, o una empresa que ofrece servicios legales de inmigración sin ninguna licencia para practicar la ley, para preparar sus solicitudes inmigratorios. El noticiero avisa de los riesgos de contratar proveedores de servicios inmigratorios legales que no son abogados licenciados, sobre todo cuando hay muchos inmigrantes considerando solicitar beneficios bajo los programas de acción ejecutiva anunciados recientemente por el Presidente Obama.
Published September 10, 2014
By Daniel M. Kowalski
“We agree with the respondent that the Immigration Judge’s analysis overlooked the discussion in the DRI report regarding the use of long-term physical restraints, and how the physical pain caused by such use may constitute torture. … The Immigration Judge also did not consider the report’s statement, “The placement of a person in long-term restraints over a life-time can meet the intent requirement [of the CAT] because staff knowingly places a person in this condition” (Respondent’s Br. at 14; Exh. 8 at 332), We acknowledge that the Ninth Circuit has concluded that the conditions “in the Mexican mental health institutions exist not out of a deliberate intent to inflict harm, but merely because of officials’ historical gross negligence and misunderstanding of the nature of psychiatric illness.” Villegas v. Holder, supra, at 989. However, Villegas was rendered before the 2010 DRI report, Thus, based on the record before us, we conclude that a remand is warranted for the Immigration Judge to consider the overlooked aspects of the DRI report regarding the CAT’s intent requirement and the use of long-term physical restraints in mental health institutions as torturous conduct. …
We conclude that a remand is warranted because the Immigration Judge considered only the efforts of the Mexican federal government to combat gang violence (Respondent’s Br, at 25~27). She did not consider whether those efforts have been effective, including whether public corruption at the state and/or local level precluded those efforts from being effective. Read more →
Manuel Rios recibió el premio “Ohtli” otorgado por el gobierno de México el 11 de octubre 2013 en una recepción patronizada por el Consulado de México en Seattle. El premio Ohtli se entrega a individuos para reconocer sus contribuciones excepcionales al bienestar, prosperidad y atribución de las comunidades Mexicanas viviendo al exterior de México. Manuel, un socio fundador de Rios & Cruz, fue golardonado por sus años de trabajo y éxitos en defenderles sus derechos las comunidades Latinas y Mexicanas a través de Washington y la región, así como ha proveido servicios legales en colaboración con el Consulado de México en Seattle desde 2002. Otros recipiendarios del premio Ohtli incluyen Antonio Villaraigosa, el exalcalde de Los Angeles, Raul Izaguirre, fundador de la Consejo Nacional de la Raza (NCLR), Bill Richardson, el exgobernador de Nueva México y Arturo Rodrigues, el presidente del Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas (UFW).