Dallas Immigration Attorney Working for ICE

September 7, 2015 11:09 am
by David Jakeman

Immigrants and immigration lawyers usually go head to head in battle against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. ICE is not known for getting along with immigration reform activists, so perhaps that’s why they chose a Dallas immigration attorney to be one of their top advisers on how they handle immigration enforcement. Liz Cedillo-Pereira has past experience helping immigrants, and it will be interesting to see what changes come about when she takes her position.
Immigration Lawyer’s Background
Cedillo-Pereira’s history shows someone who is willing to work hard and who has served the immigrant community for many years. She is also friends of Sarah Saldana who had worked previously as the Dallas U.S. Attorney and is now in charge of ICE, an agency that has not received the best press in the past few years.
The Dallas immigration attorney graduated over a decade ago from Southern Methodist University’s law school, and she did this with the humble beginnings of having a father who was a construction worker. Before attending law school, she was an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia. She also worked a bit for Catholic Charities based in Dallas, which has a long history of advocating for immigrants’ rights.
Will Immigration Enforcement change?
It is unlikely that Cedillo-Pereira will shift the gears of a bureaucratic entity as large as the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, but she does have a reputation for being one to champion initiatives that have helped young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” which has protected many young immigrants who were brought to this country by their parents when they were just children.1
Whether you’re a Hawaii immigration attorney out in the Pacific or New York City immigration lawyer in the Big Apple, you know the most important thing for immigrants these days is not who is in charge of ICE, but what bills Congress passes. And at the moment, there is little that looks like it’s going to pass both Republican-controlled houses.
Legislation that requires a certain number of immigrants to be detained in detention centers ties any director’s hands, even if they want to desperately change an organization’s approach. One can only hope that whoever wins the presidential election will be ready to go to bat for immigration reform. It will take a lot more than a former Dallas immigration attorney to shift ICE’s policies, but it’s a good start.

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