An accomplished immigration attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Christopher Stender serves at Federal Immigration Counselors AZ in Phoenix, Arizona. Alongside his work as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
In March of 2018, the AILA drafted a new report outlining specific ways the Trump administration has ramped up deportation forces and employed aggressive enforcement policies against individuals who have lived peacefully in the US for a long time. In the report, titled “Cogs in the Deportation Machine,” the organization detailed a number of specific policy moves.
First, the Trump administration has done away with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) protections, leaving upwards of a million people immediately vulnerable to deportation. Second, enforcement officials have been zeroing in on agencies that have the ability to quickly identify individuals - even those who have been checking in for years without incident.
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials have been targeting hospitals and other locations where people are vulnerable and have been using aggressive tactics against sponsors who take in unaccompanied minors looking to receive asylum protections. Finally, the Justice Department has been employing policies in the courtroom and in policymaking that threaten to undo years of progress and that are aimed at undermining the independent judiciary. To read the report in full, visit aila.org.
Possessing more than two decades of experience as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender serves as a partner at Federal Immigration Counselors in Phoenix, Arizona. Christopher Stender networks with colleagues as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
In a recent statement, AILA called upon the House Judiciary Committee to abandon immigration policies that focus on harsh enforcement standards that not only are burdensome to local law enforcement because they mandate procedures that are unfunded, but also violate the spirit of the Constitution. Specifically, AILA has asked lawmakers to strike down further discussion on the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act and additional measures related to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations.
AILA president William A. Stock condemned the measures, saying they are totally inappropriate and do nothing to further any meaningful immigration reform. He went on to further say that the House Judiciary Committee has missed the mark in its reasoning and should instead focus on trying to find real solutions to immigration issues instead of posturing “enforcement only” measures.
As an immigration attorney currently based in San Diego, California, Christopher Stender is a seasoned professional in giving legal advice on all issues dealing with immigration. Attorney Christopher Stender is a member and former vice president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Arizona chapter and has tried cases in the First, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
The United States courts of appeals act as the intermediary between the trial court and the Supreme Court system. Courts of appeals are considered to be the most influential part of the US judicial system since that is where new laws and legal precedence can be enacted.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is especially important since it covers such a large area of the United States. With 15 federal districts in the western region, including Hawaii and Alaska, the Ninth Circuit has been considered by some to be the most liberal and diverse.
Recognized as a leading immigration attorney in San Diego, California, Christopher Stender has published a number of Board of Immigration Appeals and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decisions. In addition to his work as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender has provided financial support for the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing legal services for individuals detained in the state of Arizona.
FIRRP offers a full range of direct services for individuals in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Florence and Eloy, Arizona. At its Florence location, the FIRRP works closely with men detained in four primary holding facilities, helping them work their way through the Florence Immigration Court. At its Eloy location, FIRRP works with both men and women.
FIRRP represents individuals at all stages of the immigration defense process, from individual attorney consultations and guided pro se assistance to group workshops and appearances before immigration judges. The organization also offers a Children’s Program and Integrated Social Services Program, which extend its support services to some of the most vulnerable immigrant populations.
An experienced immigration attorney fluent in Spanish and German, Christopher Stender currently leads his own law firm in San Diego, California. Christopher Stender also stays connected with his fellow immigration attorneys through membership in organizations such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Among its many resources and programs for members, the AILA hosts a yearly meeting that is relevant for immigration attorneys from a wide range of practice levels. The organization recently hosted the 2015 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law in National Harbor, Maryland, where attendees experienced a comprehensive and innovative continuing legal education program prepared by the AILA Annual Conference Program Committee. The program featured more than 145 in-depth sessions with practice tracks addressing key immigration law topics and dedicated seminars on ethics, trial skills, and law practice management.
Along with the opportunity to earn as many as 33 CLE credits, attendees gained insights from hundreds of immigration experts and government representatives on the most recent changes in immigration law and policy. The 2015 AILA Annual Conference also included networking engagements and an exhibit hall.
Christopher Stender, an immigration attorney, draws on 25 years of practice experience. Through the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), immigration attorney Christopher Stender offers his services at no charge to foreign nationals who must appear before an immigration judge.
Since January of 1983, the Executive Office for Immigration Review has handled all court proceedings that determine whether an immigrant may remain in the United States. It includes the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, whose function was once part of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The office does not handle cases that fall under the jurisdictions of the Office of Immigration Litigation or the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.
The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge sets priorities and direction for the country's 260 immigration attorneys, while also disseminating information regarding policies and procedures involving removal proceedings. The proceedings themselves take place in courtrooms or jails across the nation.
Appealed removal decisions go to the Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest authority available to interpret immigration law, which most often reviews case materials in print and then issues a binding decision. Meanwhile, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer is available to hear certain applicable employment and fraud cases.