Written by attorney Thomas Esparza Jr.

Matter of Quilantan, 25 I&N Dec. 285 (BIA 2010) [Areguillin reaffirmed] Great decision

For purposes of establishing eligibility for adjustment of status under section 245(a) of the

Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1255(a) (2006), an alien seeking to show that

he or she has been “admitted" to the United States pursuant to section 101(a)(13)(A) of the

Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(13)(A) (2006), need only prove procedural regularity in his or her

entry, which does not require the alien to be questioned by immigration authorities or be

admitted in a particular status. Matter of Areguillin, 17 I&N Dec. 308 (BIA 1980),



Thomas Esparza, Jr., Attorney at Law

Board Certified Specialist-Immigration and Nationality Law graduated from Texas A&M in 1974 with a B.A. in Education and the University of Texas Law School in 1977.

The son of second generation immigrant educator parents; the late Dr. Thomas Esparza, Sr. and Esther LaMadrid Esparza, he dedicated his life’s work to them for raising and providing him with the tools for success. He is proud to be one of the first Hispanics in Texas Certified an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist.

Reflecting his upbringing, he is active in his community serving on the Executive Committee of the Immigrant Services Network of Austin (ISNA), Chair of the Austin Commission of Immigrant Affairs and as softball, coach, manager and umpire. He has been Austin Community Schools Volunteer of the Year, President of Becker Community School, Board Member - Center for Battered Women, President of Austin Mardi Gras, President of the Hispanic Bar, Chair of Mayfest South, an non profit organization fundraiser and served as Travis County Justice of the Peace. Being a judge gave him an insight into the power that is the law. Lawyers hold the keys to justice.

He is the Past Chair of the Texas Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has spoken at a wide variety of legal seminars at the County, state and national levels for AILA, the State Bar of Texas, the University of Texas and the Travis County Bar Association.

He owns Star Light Press, an education publishing company in Austin. Together with his mother, he has published children’s books, music, adult ESL materials and this citizenship handbook. His Mom and he are honored to license this Citizenship handbook to ISNA, the Literacy Coalition and the Catholic Charities for the use of all citizenship education programs.

You contact him at [email protected] or visit his websites or

Thomas Esparza, Jr. P. C. Attorney at Law, 1811 South First Street, Austin, Texas 78704. 512-441-0062.

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