Amnesty Incorporated: DHS Hires Activist Immigration Lawyers
New DHS lawyer Leila Higgins previously worked as a student attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic at her law school. This organization, according to its website, represents "immigrants on cutting-edge asylum claims based on gender and sexual orientation."
Lawyer Stephanie Hummel previously worked at the ABA Center for Human Rights in Washington, as well as the pro-amnesty Immigration Law Project, and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2008, she spent time in Cairo studying Arabic. In law school, Hummel won a CALI Award for “Representation of Non-US Citizens in Immigration Court Proceedings.”
Before joining DHS, attorney Jennifer Lee was an advocate for illegal aliens obtaining in-state tuition at public universities, though she naturally called them "undocumented immigrants." Lee also worked at the Legal Aid Justice Center, a organization which advised illegals "what to do in the event of a raid."
Katelyn Love is now a DHS lawyer in Washington, D.C. She once worked at Lutheran Family Services, where she represented foreigners in their attempts to stay in the United States. Katelyn spent her junior year of college in Morocco studying "formal and colloquial" Arabic.
New DHS lawyer Maura Ooi previously worked in militantly activist roles with militantly activist open borders organizations such as the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. Also, prior to joining DHS, Ooi penned a report for the leftist National Immigration Law Center bashing DHS. Titled "DHS Proposes Fantasy Remedies to Cure Fundamental Flaws in the Secure Communities Program" (emphasis mine), Ooi complained about efforts to fingerprint captured illegal aliens. Without collecting biometric data such as fingerprints, deported illegal aliens may repeatedly return to the United States and their prior illegal entries would remain unknown.
Reena Parikh also worked at the American University Immigrant Justice Clinic, where she represented foreigners in removal proceedings. She also worked as a legal intern at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a group knee-deep in trying to ease immigration laws.
If you were starting to think that Stephen Legomsky only hired young women to be DHS lawyers, meet new DHS lawyer Steven Plastrik. What Plastrik lacks in femininity, he makes up for with a deep commitment to making sure foreigners get to stay in the United States. He prepared asylum applications at Freedom House and on behalf of other organizations.
New DHS lawyer Liza Shah just completed a stint with the George Soros-funded Advancement Project working to ensure felons get the right to vote in Virginia (with the tragic and politically suicidal aid of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell). As a law student, Shah naturally helped in litigation to keep foreigners in the United States.
Before becoming a DHS lawyer, Connie Yao worked at the Tides Foundation-funded East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, where she assisted individuals with asylum applications. At Cornell Law, she participated in the Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic.
Amisha Sharma is on the board of directors of her local Planned Parenthood when she isn't busy as a newly hired DHS lawyer. She also worked at the ACLU. She received a dual degree in religious studies and women's and gender studies from Louisiana State University. At Fordham Law, she was on the board of "Law Students for Reproductive Justice," worked at the "Center for Reproductive Rights" and volunteered for the "Planned Parenthood of New York City's Activist Council."
Catlin Shay has a history of aiding foreigners seeking to remain in the United States as well as activism against laws prohibiting felons from voting. She wrote "Free But No Liberty: How Florida Contravenes the Voting Rights Act by Preventing Persons Previously Convicted of Felonies from Voting," and advocated a position wholly rejected by federal courts.
Cara Shewchuk once worked at the pro-amnesty National Immigration Law Center and the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, providing free legal help to illegal aliens.
Melanie Siders worked for the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network prior to her time as a DHS lawyer.
Lindsay Smith is a graduate of Smith College and Michigan Law, where she was "a Jenny Runkles scholar" for her commitment to public interest law and "diversity." She also worked at the open borders, pro-amnesty group Americans for Immigrant Justice.
Prior to joining DHS, Shahna Esber was an "Immigration Law Fellow" at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, where she helped foreigners stay in the United States. She also worked with the Immigration Center for Women and Children, an organization "proud to assist immigrant youth applying for Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."
DHS lawyer Bria DeSalvo graduated from Georgetown University Law Center "with a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. " In law school, DeSalvo volunteered for the CAIR coalition.
DHS lawyer Jessika Croizat served as a union organizer for AFSCME before deciding to attend law school.
Before his job as an attorney at DHS, Michael Celone was a Hill staffer for Democrats. He worked with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) helping prepare research to attack the Bush Justice Department regarding the firing of political appointees who were serving as United States attorneys. He also worked for Democrat Rep. Jim Langevin from Rhode Island. He also authored an article revealingly titled "Undocumented and Unprotected: Solutions for Protecting the Health of America’s Undocumented Mexican Migrant Workers."
If you are an attorney with a background in enforcing immigration law as opposed to representing foreigners attempting to stay in the United States, don't expect to be hired by DHS during the Obama administration. And based on this recent batch of hires, if you are a male with a background in immigration enforcement, forget about it.