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EP08: Traveling While DACA: Part 1

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In July 2021, Jessica Smith Bobadilla was retained for the case of Luis Miguel Grijalva Morales an Olympian Who Was Also a DACA Permit Holder.  Luis was almost not able to travel due to the lengthy and complex process to obtain a travel permit for those with DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Sta
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In July 2021, Jessica Smith Bobadilla was retained for the case of Luis Miguel Grijalva Morales an Olympian Who Was Also a DACA Permit Holder.  Luis was almost not able to travel due to the lengthy and complex process to obtain a travel permit for those with DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Status.
Through a combination of media, political and legal action Jessica and Luis were able to obtain the permit and he traveled to Tokyo making it into the final round and setting a personal best in the finals as well as a record for Guatemala and Latin American runners in a 5000-meter race.
Frequently during the media interviews, Jessica was asked if the emergency situation with Luis was the most stressful and emergency she had experienced with a DACA advance parole (another name for the travel permit) case.  Jessica laughed and said the name “Alex Avalos” kept popping into her mind and she responded that she had handled one more stressful case for someone traveling while DACA.  Alex Avalos who later obtained Lawful Permanent Residence joins the podcast to tell his story as does I Am Attorney Jessica regular Kime Abduli, Wisconsin-based exceptional immigration lawyer and all-around rockstar.  Kime’s knowledge and depth of personal connection to immigration law is only rivaled by her passion for fitness and strength.  

In this episode we discuss:

Alex Avalos his history as a DACA student and the Thought for Food competition he was invited to attend in Europe in 2015;
The crazy path Alex and Jessica in her role as the Director of the New American Legal Clinic at San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California experienced to try to quickly obtain the travel document;
Alex’s crazy experience when he was in Switzerland but later learned the travel permit had been approved but not arrived at his home due to an address issue in a rural area;
Alex’s and Jessica’s ultimate decision to have him fly to Mexico and present himself at the US/Mexico border on foot with the appropriate documents that he had received;


The discussion of Luis Miguel Grijalva Morales and the similar expedited process Luis and Jessica had to pursue to obtain his travel permit;
Kime’s experience with DACA clients and DACA travel permit cases;
The current status of DACA after multiple litigation efforts to end the program by restrictionist advocacy groups;
Jessica’s recommendations for the Biden administration to allow DACA permit holders to obtain travel documents as part of their renewal process unless they have a prior removal order or other unusual issues that would make travel more legally complicated;
Kime’s talk about the Olympic statement by a news outlet based in Kossovo after athletes from that region took several gold medals stating “Hey Europe, we who do not have visas, have 3 Olympic gold medals” referring to the restriction on Eastern European travelers to Western European countries.

JESSICA SMITH BOBADILLA (HOST)

Jessica’s website: https://www.attorneyjessica.com/.  Jessica can be reached at (559) 264-2500 through her firm or for the podcast at iamattorneyjessicapodcast@gmail.com.  


Follow Jessica on Social Media: LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter


ALEX AVALOS (GUEST) 

Alex Avalos is a 23-year-old recent graduate from West Hills College with a degree in Business Administration and General Studies. He was the Co-founder and Director of Product Development of AgForHire.  In 2015, while a DACA student, Alex qualified to attend the Thought for Food competition in Europe.  He was also the Marketing Coordinator for Harris Ranch for over two years.  Alex is currently an independent photographer, graphic design artist and marketing advisor.  Alex can be reached by email at avagtz@gmail.com. 

 

KIME ABDULI (GUEST)

Kime Abduli was born in the small country of Macedonia to ethnically Albanian parents. Although her father had immigrated to the United States in search of his own “American Dream” before she was born, he decided it was a Dream he wanted his children to chase and live, as well. And so, at the ripe age of two, Attorney Abduli set off on her journey across the Atlantic. The Abduli Family resettled in Wisconsin where they have lived ever since.

As the first person in her family to speak fluent English, Attorney Abduli was often recruited by immediate and extended family members and friends to help them adjust to life in the United States.  It made her uniquely aware of the struggles faced by immigrants living in the United States. Language barriers, cultural barriers, and isolation from their extended families and communities. Yet despite the challenges they faced, they carried on, creating new lives for themselves and their families. 

Kime is the owner of Abduli Immigration Law in Wisconsin.  She can be reached through her website <a href="http://www.abduliimmigrationlaw.com"
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