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Why do we sue USCIS and the State Department so much? Hi, I'm Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer, practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, Missouri and San Diego, California.

We just got a photo by email from a client of ours. It was a picture of a dad seeing his daughter, who's four years old. They've been separated for a really long time. They hired us to file a lawsuit to help get him his visa to the United States, and the lawsuit worked. We actually helped with the underlying case. We got hired to finish up things at the Embassy. And that picture almost brought me to tears. This is why I'm an immigration lawyer. This is why we do what we do, and this is why our first core value is we fight for immigrants every day.

I'll figure out a way to get a photo into the comments so that you can see it, but it was really something, really emotional for me to see that. It's the moment when the dad was hugging his daughter and it's just absolutely adorable. Every now and then we get these pictures from our clients. Obviously, we're always happy for all of our clients, but in this particular case, it just really moved me because we were able to take someone who's in a really tough spot, who basically told us that they'd given up hope, and now her husband was in the United States, reunited with his daughter and his wife.

We're ecstatic for them. We're ecstatic for all of our clients. We've now sued US CIS and/or the State Department more than 700 times. It's my favorite thing to do. It's what I spend most of my time doing. And so the reason we do it is because the government is basically one big bully and you need someone helping you trying to beat the bully. And so it's not all about service requests and asking for help and just waiting and waiting and waiting. We take a different approach. We fight. Whenever we can, we fight and we push and we scratch and we claw and we do everything we can to try to get our client the immigration benefit that they are so deserving of.

Hopefully under President Trump, we'll have to do less suing. I'm not all that optimistic, but hopefully for our client's sakes, cases will start to go faster. These wait times are ridiculous. They're on purpose and they're by people who really don't like immigrants. So we're very happy with the outcome. And if you have any questions about suing US CIS or suing the State Department, because you've been waiting for your citizenship or your green card, or for asylum, or for an immigrant visa for your spouse or fiance or family member, give us a call at (314) 961-8200. You can email us at [email protected]

Be sure to join us in our Facebook group. That's called Immigrant Home. We also of course go live every Tuesday and Thursday there in our Immigrant Home Facebook group and on our YouTube channel. So make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and then join us every Tuesday and Thursday, usually at noon central time where I answer all of your questions or as many questions as I can in one hour. Thanks a lot, everybody. And we'll see you next time.

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