Our offices will be closed this Friday to celebrate Juneteenth. This is a paid holiday for all our staff.
What is Juneteenth?
It is not the day that Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, formally freeing the slaves. And it is not the day the United States defeated the traitors in the Southern states who fought to preserve slavery.
On June 19, 1865, some two and half years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston Island in Texas with federal troops to occupy Texas on behalf of the United States government and announced the total emancipation of those formally freed as slavery.
As the writer Jelani Cobb explained in the New Yorker : “Juneteenth exists as a counterpoint to the Fourth of July; the latter heralds the arrival of American ideals, the former stresses just how hard it has been to live up to them.”
Juneteenth and Our Law Firm’s Core Values
The immigration law firm that I founded is devoted to standing up to injustice and bigotry to help immigrants and their families. This is our core value of our firm. This is why we do what we do.
We file mandamus lawsuits in federal court against USCIS and Consular posts around the world to fight unreasonable delays that tend to target Muslims and those from Muslim predominately countries. We hate the way the immigration system unfairly treats certain groups of immigrants and we fight relentlessly to defend our clients’ rights.
As Dr. King reminded us:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
The recent police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rashad Brooks have provoked a national outcry. We’ve watched in horror as the protests against police brutality and violence have been met with even more police brutality and violence.
These events have led to a reassessment of the ways in which racist systems are structural and intrinsic to America.
Our firm stands with the protestors and those fighting systemic racism and bigotry. The nature of policing in the United States should be profoundly changed. America can and must do better.
Goldstein Immigration Lawyers Partners Up with the Haitian Bridge Alliance in San Diego
Furthermore, in the spirit of Juneteenth, I am making a charitable donation to the Haitian Bridge Alliance (https://haitianbridge.org/). “The Bridge” is a coalition of Haitian non-profit organizations and community activists who have come together to serve the Haitian community on the border, in California, and beyond.
We seek to partner up with The Bridge. We plan to assist on a pro bono basis with immigration cases if the need arises.
Finally, I want to give a shout out and thanks to our superstar paralegal Josh Behrens for inspiring us to take these actions. Thanks! You are a credit to the name Josh.
Happy Juneteenth to all!
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