Episode 118

Published on:

4th Jan 2022

The Raul Rodriguez Story: Undocumented Immigrant, Exemplary Immigration Officer

Imagine living in the United States for 48 years thinking you’re a U.S. citizen . . . and then the carpet is pulled from you.

Imagine serving in the U.S. Navy for seven years believing you’re a U.S. citizen . . . only to find out two decades later, after receiving an honorable discharge, you were not born in the United States.

Imagine being a Customs and Border Patrol officer for 18 years, preventing undocumented immigrants from entering the United States . . . who suddenly learns that he is like them, an immigrant without legal documents.

That’s the story of Raul Rodriguez, now 53, who despite having won agency awards for exemplary service, is facing deportation and permanent separation from his U.S. citizen wife and children.

Recommended Links For More Information:

Citizenship And Midwives: A Government Witch Hunt?

Fraudulent Midwife Citizenship Birth Registrations: The Devastating Impact On Children Of Immigrants

U.S. Citizenship And Mexican Midwives: A Failure Of Due Process In South Texas

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About the Podcast

The Immigration Mastermind
The Immigration Mastermind is a podcast for immigrants and their families that shares tips, insights, and tidbits to help guide the quest for permanent residence and citizenship in the United States. The podcast strives to build knowledge, while dispelling myths in short bite-sized, easy-to-understand snippets of pull-no-punches information.

Designed for both immigrant families who have already started the immigration process and those just starting to think about their journey, the Immigration Mastermind provides a mix of expert tips about legal rules, insights about breaking news, and tidbits to help immigrants and their families to keep their chin up, even when the road to success seems to be a never-ending road.

About your host

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Carlos Batara

Carlos Batara is an immigration lawyer, author, educator, public speaker, and online talk show host. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he has cared for, protected, and guided immigrants from over 100 countries on their journeys to the United States. His goal is to help at least one family from every nation in the world before he calls it quits.

With family roots from Mexico, Spain, and the Philippines, as well as Native American, Greek, and Turkish ancestry, he brings a broad multicultural background to the practice of immigration law.

Combined with knowledge gained from advanced studies in international relations and constitutional politics, Carlos is always willing to speak his mind openly on immigration issues.