Hector’s exposure to immigration law began many years ago before he even became a lawyer. In the early 1990’s Hector was a young, Spanish television News Reporter with Telemundo/CNN in New York City when he first encountered the harsh reality faced by some immigrants. He had reported and broadcasted stories about the human labor experience in the “sweat shops” of Manhattan, where hundreds of migrants from Mexico, Central America, and other parts of the world were employed. His journalist work illustrated not only the danger, but also the state of the servitude and the dehumanizing working conditions of documented and undocumented persons alike. As a result of Hector’s revelations, local, state, and federal agencies fined employers, restored dignity to the migrant workers, and improved safety and labor conditions for all the businesses involved.
However, back then, Hector knew he wanted to do more than just report a story. He wanted to be part of the story himself in order to have a more positive impact in the immigrant community. In 1994, he attended law school; in 1998 he was admitted as an attorney and counselor at law in Puerto Rico. In 2005, Hector went on to gain admission to the Supreme Court of the United States and in 2006, he gained admission to the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit with jurisdiction over Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. He has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2000 and is authorized to practice in every state of the union representing families, individuals, and companies before the immigration service, the U.S. Department of Labor, Consular Processing, and Immigration Court.
With 19 years in the trenches, as a veteran immigration attorney, it is Hector’s pleasure to help immigrants develop a plan. He will make it his responsibility and privilege to guide clients through the process and explain the rules. He will help the client engage in the best way forward and prepare for contingencies.
Admission to Practice
- US Supreme Court
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- Eleventh District Court of Appeals
- All Federal Immigration Courts Nationwide
- Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Juris Doctorate