On May 13, 2021, Immigration Attorney Alfredo Lozano, Founder of Lozano Law Firm, in San Antonio, Texas, joined Betsy Singer, Weekday News Anchor, on ABC 6 News – KAAL TV. They discussed the crisis on the U.S. southern border and comprehensive immigration reform. As Republican and Democrat Senators in Washington, D.C. work toward a bipartisan agreement on immigration, an overhaul of how to deal with the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border, Republicans are demanding more decisive action from the Biden Administration before agreeing to any deal. With leaders in southern states frustrated by the logistical mess, the situation worsens by the day, with projections of up to two million illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. within six months. This projection compounds the illegal border crossings that have already occurred over the past several months.
Lozano shared his expertise on the issue during the interview. Singer’s first question pertained to what entity had the authority to stop the illegal border crossings, for example, local authorities, ICE, or the Department of Homeland Security.
“It is CBP (the U.S. Customs and Border Protection),” Lozano responded. “They are at the border, at airports, so any land, air, or maritime entry into the United States falls under their authority. Here in Texas, it is CBP. One of the issues is that Republicans do not want to go forward with any type of changes to our current immigration system. That’s very sad because they’re using the border issue – which is a separate issue – to stop real, comprehensive immigration reform, which is what we need right now.”
When Singer asked Lozano for further explanation, he replied, “We first need to identify the vocabulary. With Republicans and their constituents, there’s this notion that how is it possible that someone who came into this country illegally is going to become a citizen. Well, let’s correct that because it is not true. You don’t go from illegal to a citizen. First, you go from illegal; probably comprehensive immigration reform will require them to pay a fine. You become a permanent legal resident, and after so many years, if you qualify, you have the opportunity to take a test to become a U.S. citizen. To qualify to take that test, you cannot have back taxes, criminal records, and you have to be a person of good moral character. When you hear on the news, on national and local TV, that this person just became a U.S. citizen, they were thoroughly vetted by the U.S. Government, and they had to pass a test.”
When Singer countered with the argument posed by many Americans that before that process can play out, these people must be housed, fed, and taken care of, Lozano clarified that it is a border issue, utterly separate from the issue of what do about people who have lived in the United States for 10, 15, or more years. To illustrate his point, he told the story of a gentleman he consulted with about two years ago, who had two businesses and made over $30 Million. This client had been in the United States for almost 15 years after arriving illegally. He started his businesses from scratch, employing dozens and dozens of U.S. citizens, yet he had no relief. There was no solution for him to become a permanent legal resident. “That’s why I’m specific about separating what’s going on inside the U.S. versus what’s happening at the border,” Lozano explained.
He then pointed out that whatever is happening in their countries is not the fault of innocent children at the U.S. border. “They are approaching our country and asking for help. That’s where we, as Americans, need to determine, ‘What kind of nation are we going to be, when we’ve got a 12-year-old or a 14-year-old at your door, asking for help.’ Do we just push them away, or do we say, ‘No, we’ll let you in. Let’s see what we can do.’ The truth is, 60 to 80 percent of these children already have someone to live with. They are stuck in these facilities because we don’t have enough people right now helping them to transition from the facility to — maybe their parents, who are already here, or an uncle or an aunt. A large percentage of them have relatives in the U.S.”
During the interview, Singer and Lozano also discussed the serious problem of drug cartels. Lozano noted he did not have all the facts about drug cartels in terms of the children but emphasized the need to return to an efficient system in which children at the border transitioned promptly to living with their relatives already established in the United States.
To watch the full interview, click here.
About Lozano Law Firm
Alfredo Lozano is the founder and principal attorney at Lozano Law Firm, an immigration law firm serving San Antonio, Eagle Pass, Laredo, and San Angelo in business and family-based immigration law.
Before entering college, Lozano served his country for four years in the United States Marine Corps. He then enrolled in the University of Texas-San Antonio, graduating with a B.A. in Business Administration. Lozano later attended law school and earned his Juris Doctor law degree from Texas Southern University in Houston. His legal education also included a spring law program at the Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. He further fine-tuned his legal Spanish and enhanced his legal abilities in the field of immigration law.
Lozano worked for law firms in Houston, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi during and after law school, and he also concluded an internship with the Mexican Consulate in Houston. After working with a San Antonio firm handling deportation cases, Mr. Lozano began his practice, which focuses exclusively on immigration law matters.
Lozano is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the San Antonio Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.