Kansas City Immigration Attorneys
The attorneys at Hoppock Law Firm, LLC have represented hundreds of immigrants and their families all over the world in immigration court proceedings, BIA appeals, Circuit Court appeals, litigation, and benefit applications before the USCIS. We have years of experience litigating immigration cases in court, before the USCIS, and on appeal all over the United States. We have earned our reputation for being honest, hardworking, and willing to take on difficult cases in the toughest venues. We strive to develop caring relationships with clients built on communication and collaboration and would be glad to talk with you about your immigration matter.
Why Choose the Attorneys at Hoppock Law Firm?
Our firm has years of experience representing immigrants before the immigration courts, the USCIS, the asylum offices, the federal district courts, and on appeal before the Circuit Courts of Appeal across the United States.
We have limited our practice to Immigration and related issues for a reason. This area of the law is complicated, and it’s impossible to be an expert on every area of the law all at once.
We pride ourselves on our unique perspective. Sometimes there are better options you haven’t thought of. It starts with asking the right questions. We look for every angle to find the best option for each case.
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In addition to communicating with clients about their specific cases, we try to keep clients and others informed about changes in the law, practical changes at the BIA and immigration courts, political changes that might affect our clients, and Kansas City immigration attorney issues. Here are our most recent posts. You can also read all Blog posts here.
After an informal policy shift last year led the USCIS to start denying human trafficking visas by misreading the statutory text, creating a requirement that never existed before, we've won our first appeal on the issue. I'm posting the unpublished decision: Matter of...read more
In a published decision on April 3, 2019 the Eighth Circuit granted our appeal in a case involving a pending U Visa, Caballero-Martinez v. Barr. The decision will help provide guidance to immigration judges in the Eighth Circuit, including Kansas City where I...read more
In September, 2018 the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) started producing this publication called the "EOIR Morning Briefing." They're not quite daily and they look like a collection of news stories. But there's more. Rather than just aggregate what the...read more
The Executive Office of Immigration Review (which is responsible for the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals) has an active Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program (FAPP). I was excited to learn that since May, 2017 the FAPP has been publishing a...read more
A series of FOIA requests regarding the Attorney General's decision in Matter of Castro-Tum seem to have revealed something strange about that decision: it was edited after the Attorney General issued it. E-mail messages to and from BIA staff on May 17, 2018, the day...read more
Post-Pereira, the DOJ Chooses Harsh IJ Performance Metrics Over Compliance With Supreme Court Mandate
It is starting to appear the Department of Justice has chosen not to comply with the Supreme Court's decision in Pereira v. Sessions because doing so would conflict with the agency's self-imposed deportation quotas it is placing on Immigration Judges, which go into...read more
About two months ago I received a document called the "BIA Style Guide" in response to a FOIA request and saw multiple references in the Style Guide to something called the "BIA Webpage" which appeared to be an intranet of sorts, with information for BIA employees on...read more
Every summer the Immigration Judges from around the country meet in suburban Washington D.C. for a training session. The training materials are interesting, because they help us understand the IJs' thinking on specific issues. The 2018 conference was held at the...read more
I received a final response on my FOIA request for any memoranda or guidance directed to BIA members. I was surprised by how much we received. Here they are: BIA Style Manual_redline_Redacted (242 pgs) 15-05 Handling Cases Involving Certain Applications for...read more
Although the Supreme Court's decision in Pereira v. Sessions appears fairly technical and narrow, it isn't. It casts a light on a practice by the DHS dating back to 1996. In nearly all cases the DHS has served a deficient charging document, called a "Notice to...read more
Some concerning developments in the last few days require writing this post when we still don't have all of the details. Apparently the Immigration Courts are implementing a system of "No Dark Courtrooms," which may mean Immigration Courts operating 24/7. We are still...read more
Without any explanation, the Department of Justice stopped posting its "Immigration Litigation Bulletin" online in mid-2016. The older versions are online here. The Immigration Litigation Bulletin is a publication by the Department of Justice's "Office of Immigration...read more
We are proud to spend the majority of our time and resources helping individuals and businesses to comply with the immigration laws. However, these are a few other services we provide:
The Hoppock Law Firm is dedicated to providing fair-priced legal services to the communities surrounding Kansas City. We have worked with local organizations like the Kansas City Rescue Mission to make free or reduced-cost legal services available to under-represented populations in Kansas and Missouri. We also volunteer for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s pro bono project, which includes pursuing pro bono administrative appeals before the BIA for immigrants who are typically detained and indigent. Although we do charge a legal fee for most of our work, we would be glad to consider working with you on a pro bono or low-cost basis or to help you find resources in Johnson County, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas, or Jackson County, Missouri.
In addition to representing immigrants in immigration court in Kansas and Missouri, we often assist our clients with traffic issues at traffic court in Johnson County, Kansas (Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee, Mission, Leawood, Prairie Village, and Roeland Park). Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions about a traffic ticket and need assistance.
Although it doesn’t seem like traditional “immigration” work, our practice also leads to a number of Freedom of Information Act or FOIA requests. We submit FOIA requests on behalf of our clients for their own immigration documents. We also often request government documents to help understand how the federal agencies are processing certain immigration requests, and we make those resources publicly available. When a FOIA request is denied or limited we do sometimes litigate FOIA issues in federal district court. If you have a FOIA question or have had your FOIA request denied or limited, we would be glad to discuss possible litigation or other options to try to obtain the documents and information you need.