Phoenix, Arizona – When it comes to immigration lawyers, Arizona can’t say when a lawyer retires, but some are still there.
The Phoenix-based attorney firm of Thomas & Glynn has about 400 lawyers, including the firm’s CEO and former president.
That figure includes a few who have been retired since last year, such as executive vice president Michael Linder, who left the firm in 2016.
But many others are still on the payroll, said Paul Glynn, Thomas & Galley’s executive vice-president of public affairs and public relations.
In Phoenix, for example, the firm employs six immigration lawyers.
“We have about a dozen more lawyers on the ground who are actively engaged in immigration matters,” Glynn said.
Linder, the former chief of the office of public policy at the Department of Justice, retired last year.
He was named deputy attorney general by President Donald Trump in 2017.
The Phoenix firm also has three more attorneys, including deputy general counsel Robert Hinkle.
More than 20 Phoenix immigration attorneys also work at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, including its office in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert.
A spokesman for ICE said there were no additional immigration attorneys in the office, but that it was in the process of recruiting an immigration law firm to assist ICE.
ICE has about 100 employees across five offices in Arizona.
The office in Gilbert is the busiest and has about 500 attorneys, according to spokeswoman Anna Hernandez.
The company has had an influx of new hires since Trump took office in January, and its lawyers have seen a surge of clients.
At a recent meeting of the Phoenix Immigration Association, Glynn shared the latest hires, including a new immigration lawyer, the Phoenix firm said in a statement.
Since Trump took over, Phoenix immigration lawyers have had a hard time hiring and retaining the best talent, he said.
It’s been a difficult transition, he added.
I don’t think he has done that.””
They’ve been expecting the president to change the immigration system.
I don’t think he has done that.”
Glynn said his firm has been fielding a lot of calls about immigration issues since the election, including about whether the Trump administration is moving too fast.
Glynn called the immigration law system in Phoenix “in dire need of an overhaul,” and he said his clients are worried that the administration’s plans for the U, D and H programs could make it more difficult for them to get jobs.
He also questioned whether the U-2 program, which helps foreigners get visas, would survive a Trump administration, saying that while the program has been under attack from Democrats for a number of years, he’s not convinced it would survive under the Trump team.
Trump’s administration has taken several steps to boost the immigration enforcement program, including cutting funding for the D program, removing the visa lottery requirement for foreign nationals, and increasing funding for border security, which is aimed at preventing migrants from sneaking across the border.
Still, the White House has not said if it will implement the changes that would allow more visas to be issued, or whether they will have to pay the attorneys fees they have to file under the program.
Critics of Trump’s immigration policies have accused the administration of not doing enough to keep its promises to curb illegal immigration.
The U.N. Refugee Agency estimates that there are 1.5 million immigrants in the country illegally, about 5 percent of the total population.
And there is also the issue of how many attorneys the Trump Administration will hire.
On Thursday, the Justice Department announced that it would hire more than 600 attorneys from private firms, with the expectation that some of those lawyers will be from the Phoenix area.
Immigration lawyers and advocates say that there needs to be more flexibility in the hiring process, so that the legal teams that are there can be staffed with attorneys who are experienced in immigration cases, while the ones who are not are brought in with a minimum of training.
They also want more immigration judges, who are also experienced in legal cases, and more immigration lawyers to assist in the removal of illegal immigrants.
One of the most common questions I get from clients, Glyn added, is whether there are enough immigration judges in the U., D and S programs.
Most of the attorneys that I have in the D and the S programs, I would say, have had experience in the criminal justice system,” Gyn said.
That experience is important, because the immigration judges are the ones that decide whether someone is in the United States illegally, he noted.