In full disclosure, I started my journey in this great country as a legal visitor. It was February 17, 1982, Republican President Ronald Reagan had just completed his first year in office, and I was a six year old girl traveling to the U.S. with her father and a visa in hand from the U.S. Consulate in Kingston, Jamaica. My mother had already made her fateful journey a year before us, although by this point, she had already learned that life as an immigrant was far from what she expected. The glamour and frills depicted in Hollywood movies didn’t quite mirror the immigrant experiences of scrubbing toilets that other people used, or traveling long hours on buses and trains from the inner city to an affluent suburb to mop kitchen floors, or shop for healthy and quality groceries for others and buy canned corned beef for your children.
Nevertheless, despite the arduous toil and sometimes painful disappointments, immigrants are driven by the same resilient spirit. They know that America is the only country where our hopes for a more prosperous and safe future can be fully realized. This is why immigrants are so resilient and why they never give up. It wasn’t until fours years after coming to the U.S. that I would obtain a permanent residency status (aka “green card”), and more than 10 years after receiving my green card, would I become a U.S. citizen. More to come about our early journeys in the U.S., but for now, let’s just say that a green card changed my destiny and the destiny of my family.
This is why immigration matters. Immigration touches a person’s life in a way that no other area of the law can because it offers hope for a better tomorrow, and it opens doors of opportunity for generations to come. Immigration also matters for the economic prosperity of our country by opening the door for talented people to contribute their talents, skills and labor to help improve our economy. Immigration changes us, our country and our future. This is why it matters to me personally and why I have founded a law practice devoted entirely to it.
The Law Office of LaToya N. McBean understands the unique challenges facing people outside of the U.S. who are trying to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. We also understand how confusing it can be to navigate the process of obtaining lawful permanent residency and naturalization. We also understand that businesses, both small and large, need qualified employees to help a business grow and thrive. Further, individuals in removal proceedings face unique and difficult challenges, including the prospect of being separated from close family members. In all scenarios, clients are looking for an attorney who is empathetic and provides quality legal services. They also seek an attorney who is honest, affordable and trusted. This is what we are about and why it makes sense to choose us. Contact us today and learn for yourself why we are the best small firm that works hard to make your life better.