Unity in Diversity
One of the aspects of practicing immigration law in the United States that I love the most is the opportunity to learn from people from all over the world. Even as I advise them on how to solve their immigration problems and attempt to build a stable foundation for their lives in this country, I take the time to learn from them - things you can't really read on Wikipedia. Over the years it's created in me a unique respect and love for humanity as a whole.
My schooling instilled inside me a profound respect for diversity. My understanding of diversity is a moderate one, drawn on my faith and education: diversity does not mean disorder, it means creating unity. It's different people coming together to upload their human capital into a single society. And it's a powerful concept: every financial planner will tell you to diversify your portfolio, every nutritionist will tell you to include all 4 major food groups, and every fitness guru will tell you to switch up your routine.
Which is why I love practicing immigration law in the United States. Even the name of our country - united and states - rather literally signifies this concept of unity in diversity. Our country is a cross section of humanity like no other. To me, enriching this magnificent diversity is the highest ideal of being American.
My law practice is not a large one. But I've managed to work with nationals of 117 countries around the world - and counting. I take the time - in the middle of a consultation - to share with my client something I've learned about their country, or let them explain a custom or a saying or teach me a few words in their language, or share a similar custom from my own cultures.
Cliché as it sounds, I've come to appreciate that our similarities grossly outweigh our differences. We all come here to achieve something. We all want to take care of our loved ones. Most of our day-to-day goals are very similar. And yes - we even break the law in very similar ways.
But the differences are the spice, the icing on the cake, the masala, the stuff to be savored.
I've been asked many times, "So where are most of your clients from?" Some assume South Asia, since that is my own ethnic heritage. Some assume Hispanic.
I'm always very proud to say, "They're from everywhere."
List of Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Trinidad & Tobago
United Arab Emirates