carlos_seated_200px Immigration and multiculturalism have been part of Attorney Carlos Batara’s life since birth.

His father emigrated from the Philippines. His mother, born in New Mexico, brought a heritage of Mexican and Spanish roots to his upbringing.

Carlos’ father was a farm worker when he first arrived in this country. He later moved to the restaurant industry where he worked as a dishwasher and kitchen helper.

Carlos’ mother worked at a factory for many years before becoming a housemaid and chef for various households.

His parents never owned a car. They traveled by bus to and from work.

Yet, they appreciated the vast opportunities provided by the United States and encouraged Carlos to always do his best.


Their love and support created a stable life for Carlos – laying the foundation for him to earn degrees from the University of Southern California and Harvard Law School

Today he has law offices in Southern California and Arizona.


Carlos has helped immigrants from more than 80 different countries.

He has handled a broad range of matters – including defending immigrants being held in custody and facing deportation, immigrants lacking papers proving they were U.S. citizens, immigrants fleeing from abusive spouses and hostile governments, and immigrants who have been the victim of immigration fraud.

Carlos specializes in immigration trials, deportation and removal defense, immigration appeals, and DIFFICULT cases.

Carlos feels rewarded when he can help clients who will make a positive contribution to the United States and enrich the lives of others.  As his writings attest, Carlos strongly believes the U.S. gains strength from diversity and immigrants are assets to the U.S. economy and culture.


Living in Southern California, Carlos is married and has three children.

Carlos has been active in civic affairs for more than 20 years. He has served on various local, state, and federal government boards and commissions.

He has served as national chairperson for the American Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm immigration law committee. He is known for his strong advocacy of immigration reform and is often requested to speak publicly on immigration and political topics by the media, government, and community leaders.

Click here for examples of how Carlos Batara has worked with clients to achieve their immigration goals.