AILA Commends Congressman Mike Honda for the Reuniting Families Act

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An experienced immigration attorney, Christopher Stender served as partner at a San Diego, California-based law firm for several years. During that time, immigration attorney Christopher Stender maintained membership with several industry-based organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where he was a part of its San Diego and Arizona chapters.

A national association dedicated to promoting justice and advocating for fair immigration law and policy, the AILA has its headquarters in Washington, DC. It encourages members to get involved through networking opportunities, continuing education, and pro bono activities. The organization often speaks out when bills come to light on the nation’s capital.

In March 2016, the AILA commended Congressman Mike Honda, a democrat in California, for reintroducing the Reuniting Families Act (RFA). This bill would recognize family unity as a priority in the U.S. legal immigration system. The RFA seeks to fix this system by allowing a specific number of green cards for family reunification. The AILA also believes that this bill will help the economy because it will give people an opportunity to pursue employment opportunities.

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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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