About Me

I came to the US as an international student, overstayed my visa, got caught by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents, and now I’m being deported. This blog includes anecdotes, advise, mistakes I made as well as personal opinions about my situation.

My hope is that it helps others who like me are going through the deportation process.

Follow me on twitter @mydeportation


18 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Wow man. You really have a fantastic thing going on here. Deportation seems really scary. What advise do you have for those people who are just about to be deported?

  2. WOW, your blog is great…My husband and I are trying to help an illegal hispanic man through this whole deportation thing and it is coming down to the wire, He has his first deportation court appearance this Monday 4/15/13 and has pretty much decided to go without a lawyer and wanted my advice. After reading your blog I am confident that this is his best bet.. QUESTION….Does this blog come in SPANISH? I would love for him to have a copy to read ASAP!!!!

    • Thanks Jane! Thank you for your comment. I hope your friend’s deportation proceeding went well. This blog does not come in spanish but I hope to one day get it translated. You could print out a post, or posts and get someone to translate it for him.

  3. Hello, Im an attorney and your story is far too common. I want you to know not all immigration attorneys are bumbling fools, and many of us care about our clients and our families! So many are like you, and I do truly feel some hope with the progress being made on the immigration bill. I hope you keep us all updated on your case and keep fighting!

    • You are living proof that not all immigration attorneys are bumbling fools. Thanks for the pro bono work you do for those in need, especially survivors of domestic violence. I wish every lawyer was as smart and as empathetic as you. I’ll certainly keep you updated and I’ll keep fighting till the end!

  4. Hi, I’m an international student, but I no longer have any financial support. I can’t go back to my country because I was horribly abused there for the first eighteen years of my life by my family, and I know I couldn’t survive there. I’ve been in the United States for many years now as an international student, but because of having to deal with my trauma, I didn’t make much progress in my education other than finish my high school. I desperately need to make it in life, but all odds are against me, and I’m not sure how to go on. I stumbled upon your blog as I was googling about how to survive as “undocumented.” I’m hoping that I could hear from you. Any advice would be very helpful.

  5. Hello, my wife has had a very similar case to your, although after 6 years of dragging through the system they have finally administratively closed her deportation case. My question for you is whether or not you have been able to get a work permit after your case closure?

    • Hi AD, I am really sorry that your wife had to go though what I went through. I’m glad that after 6 years she was able to get her case closed. To answer your question, I have not been able to get a work permit after my closure. The system is really messed up in that they will gladly close a case (let me stay in this country) but they will refuse give me a work permit.

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