Border Crossing Law Firm - The best immigration law firm in Montana.
The Border Crossing Law Firm is run by Shahid Haque, an immigration attorney and former law professor with over a decade of experience. We believe that no human being is illegal, and we have used our knowledge and experience to help more than two thousand immigrants with applications for green cards, visas, and citizenship.
We have represented more than two thousand clients since 2008.
The Border Crossing Law Firm is run by Shahid Haque, an immigration attorney and former law professor with over a decade of experience. We believe that no human being is illegal, and we have used our knowledge and experience to help more than two thousand immigrants with applications for green cards, visas, and citizenship. We also vigorously defend immigrants in deportation and removal proceedings, and have represented several hundred clients in Immigration Court. We have won asylum for over twenty refugees who fled from their home countries to escape torture, persecution, and death.
Mr. Haque has advocated for immigrants’ rights by bringing lawsuits in state and federal court to challenge unconstitutional laws and policies that discriminate against immigrants in Montana. He successfully challenged LR-121, an anti-immigrant voter-approved referendum, and thanks to his efforts the law was found unconstitutional. In 2013, he filed a class action lawsuit against the Montana Highway Patrol to challenge its practice of detaining Latino drivers and passengers solely for the purpose of checking into their immigration status. In 2015, he prevailed with a judgment in his favor.
In 2017, Mr. Haque was the recipient of the ACLU’s Jeannette Rankin Civil Liberties Award, in acknowledgement of his service to immigrants in the State of Montana.
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Shahid Haque is an immigration lawyer in Montana who a decade ago published a blog post arguing that “illegal alien” is a dehumanizing phrase. The key shift from the origin of the word “alien” is that in 2019, it’s used as a shorthand to categorize black and brown immigrants. “The average American conjures a common image: a Mexican person. It’s a phrase that makes people feel better than another group, and makes it easy to blame ‘illegals’ as the source of problems,” Haque tells me.
Yesterday, an employee of the Montana Department of Labor quit in protest over the fact that his employer was about to give out confidential employment information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE”), so that they could use that to raid businesses in search of undocumented immigrants. In this video I law out some of the important background information on this issue.
ICE is moving to immediately deport a Mexican national who was sexually assaulted in their custody. Please sign a petition to help stop it.
Thanks to the efforts of the Border Crossing Law Firm, the Montana Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision striking down the entirety of an anti-immigrant law, which was placed on the 2012 ballot by the Montana legislature and approved by 80% of voters.
Every immigration case implicates matters of family unity or separation, and can dramatically impact a client’s livelihood and quality of life. Immigration matters involving domestic violence and abuse are often the most challenging — but also the most important — types of cases for immigration practitioners.
On April 4, 2014, the Border Crossing Law Firm prevailed in its class action lawsuit against the Montana Highway Patrol, which was brought because the Montana Highway Patrol was engaging in a practice of detaining Latino drivers and passengers for the purpose of checking into their immigration status.
Today, Attorney General Tim Fox joined in a lawsuit to challenge President Barack Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, which will protect hundreds of Montana children from being separated from their undocumented parents. Shahid Haque, an immigration attorney in Helena, believes that “it is disappointing that the Attorney General is once again wasting taxpayer dollars and his office’s limited resources by pushing his own ideological agenda.”
President Obama just announced exciting new immigration policies that will protect some immigrants from deportation and prevent them from being separated from their loved ones. Here are the top 10 things you need to know.
Tonight, President Obama announced exciting new immigration policies that will shield hundreds of Montanans from deportation and prevent them from being separated from their loved ones. He is calling these new laws the "Immigration Accountability Executive Actions.”
The Border Crossing Law Firm won a victory for immigrants in Montana by striking down the vast majority of Montana's voter-approved law requiring state agencies to determine an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status before granting a wide variety of state services.
As an immigration attorney and President of the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance ("MIJA"), Shahid Haque is representing and advocating for Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, who was the victim of a sexual assault while in immigration detention in Montana. Audemio courageously shared his story the Great Falls Tribune.
We have a broad and diverse immigrant population in Montana -- more than most realize. There are a lot of issues that immigrants face in Montana. Shahid Haque has represented over a thousand Montana immigrants and their families, and has significant knowledge about issued and trends facing immigrants in Montana. Learn about some of these issues in an interview that Shahid Haque did for the Helena Civic TV show "Everybody's Business."
The U.S. Department of Justice report on the Missoula County Attorney’s office doesn't tell the story of every abuse victim in Missoula. It doesn't tell the story of my pro bono client, who was in a long-term abusive relationship and was the victim of an assault committed by her ex-spouse in Missoula.
In our national debates on immigration reform, we typically omit an extraordinarily important component of the whole discussion: How U.S. trade policy impacts immigration. Understanding how trade policies such as NAFTA actually create and drive undocumented immigration is essential to the discussion, and is perhaps the missing link to greater public understanding and appreciation of the need for immigration reform.
Immigrants who are challenging LR-121, the State of Montana’s new anti-immigrant law, owe a debt of gratitude to the pioneering gay rights advocates who established an important legal precedent that gives marginalized groups legal standing to challenge laws that threaten to deprive them of their rights.
This week, Judge Sherlock rejected the Montana Attorney General's efforts to dismiss our lawsuit, and has ruled that the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (MIJA) has standing to challenge LR-121 on behalf of its members, who have a reasonable fear that the law will be used to wrongly deny them benefits.
We just received a call from the Immigration Court Administrator with jurisdiction over the state of Montana, and were informed that the final deportation hearings scheduled in Montana this May will now be conducted by video conferencing.
Home Ground Radio, hosted by Brian Kahn, is one of the most intellectually stimulating radio programs in the state of Montana. We were proud to be asked to appear on the show to discuss immigration issues, and found it to be a great experience.
The U.S. government often tries to deport U.S. citizens. This is a harsh and inescapable fact, and it is also a difficult one for many people to believe. However, it almost happened right here in the State of Montana. Thankfully, the Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C. stepped in to prove our client's citizenship and terminate the deportation proceedings against her.