Helping those without a voice fuels a lawyer’s passion for immigration law. What sparks your passion when practicing law?

Posted on 08-25-2014 by
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Navigating the labyrinth of immigration laws is never an easy task. Every day brings new challenges and nothing is routine in this complex field. For immigration attorney Doug Thie, the complexity of these challenges fuels his passion for his chosen niche – immigration law.

Unlike many other areas, immigration law gives Mr. Thie the opportunity to work with diverse clients, including:

  • teen-agers brought to the U.S. as children and facing deportation,
  • aspiring entrepreneurs, and
  • Fortune 500 executives.

According to a recent article 'Desire to help' fuels lawyer's passion for immigration law published via Flint-Genesee County Legal News, Mr. Thie was always driven by a desire to help those without a voice. It was in college, after volunteering at organizations that served the Hispanic immigrant community, that Mr. Thie’s passion was ignited for immigration law. He realized that for millions in the U.S., immigration status is the greatest impediment to achieving their dreams.

“We’ve always been a nation of immigrants,” Mr. Thie said “and I strongly believe they’re essential to our nation’s continued economic and cultural vitality.”

One of Mr. Thie’s first cases highlighted an injustice of the immigration system: mandatory prison detention of immigrants who are neither a flight risk nor a threat to society. Ultimately, his client was imprisoned for more than 100 days during his immigration case, more than 10 times the amount of time he served for his criminal conviction

“The case highlighted for me how difficult U.S. immigration laws make it for anyone to come to the U.S. permanently, even if they’re among the most successful in their field and will undoubtedly contribute greatly – or are already contributing – to our nation,” Mr. Thie said.

While working in immigration law requires obsessive attention to detail and a lot of hard work, Mr. Thie finds fulfillment in changing the lives of his clients and in giving a voice to the voiceless.

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