Christopher Stender on being an Immigration Attorney
Question: What was your first career exposure to immigration law?
Christopher Stender: In 1990, when I worked for the San Diego District Immigration and Naturalization Service as Assistant Chief Counsel. I have established several of my own legal practices since, working in Arizona, Nevada, and California.
Question: Why are you interested in this particular field of law?
Christopher Stender: I’ve got family in Canada and Germany, so have connections to loved ones beyond my nation’s borders. My draw to immigrant defense lies in a confluence of ideas. First, family goes beyond borders. Second, people should have the right to pursue happiness, whether or not they are a U.S. citizen. Also, I lived abroad for two years, traveling to countries all through Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America, which connected me to people outside my own nation.
Question: What sets you apart from other immigration lawyers?
Christopher Stender: I speak Spanish and German. This is often useful as many individuals facing immigration removal proceedings do not speak English. I do not require a translator, which makes communication much more efficient and a general understanding of the client possible.
Question: Are you involved in any charities?
Christopher Stender: Absolutely. I’ve contributed to the Honduras Schools Mission, the Tijuana Schools Mission and Homeless Outreach, the Cesar Chavez School Mission and Homeless Outreach and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.
Question: Do you provide pro bono legal counsel?
Christopher Stender: Yes. In addition to the work I do through the FIRRP, I am also listed on the Department of Justice’s official website as a provider of free legal service in the state of Arizona.
Christopher Stender is an Immigration Lawyer based in San Diego, California.