My business is computers and networks, not law. But I had been called in to service a network at a local immigration lawyer’s office, and I found a busy office right in the middle of a recession of historic proportion. I’m glad they are doing so well; otherwise they might not have needed my help.
It’s just a regular Tuesday morning at the office of an immigration attorney in San Jose, CA. The phone rings, and I hear the receptionist say that the next available appointment isn’t for nearly a month. She basically has to say the same thing again and again in different ways, probably because that isn’t the answer the concerned person on the line wanted to hear. Unfortunately, people don’t usually get around to calling an attorney until they are running out of options. They need assistance right away.
San Jose, California is at the center of the “immigration law” market, not only because it is near the agricultural areas of Salinas and Gilroy, but because it is the “capital” of Silicon Valley. During Silicon Valley’s good years, high tech businesses brought in engineers from other countires. These workers, here on work visas, are now finding themselves out of work and subject to deportation. I did find it a little perplexing that one of these out of work immigrants could still afford to send both his children to a Bay Area private school. I guess they aren’t in that bad of shape.
Immigration attorneys are now being paid big bucks to help these people remain in the US.
That’s the business cycle for you. Whenever one industry is going bust, another may be doing very well. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Who would have thought?