Case Studies

At Pelton + Balducci, we believe that families should be together and that everyone deserves the chance to live their American dream.
We work with clients of all ages from all over the world to help them obtain the immigration status they seek and build their lives in the United States.
At Pelton + Balducci, we believe that families should be together and that everyone deserves the chance to live their American dream.
We work with clients of all ages from all over the world to help them obtain the immigration status they seek and build their lives in the United States.

Here are some of the amazing stories of our clients and what they have to say about their experience working with our New Orleans team.

“From day one the lawyers at Pelton + Balducci were always very patient with me and the rest of my family members. Rest assured this firm will do anything and everything in their power to help you through whatever legal process you may find yourself in. Not once did I feel I was not important.”

- Andres

Maycoll and Stephanie Look Forward to a Bright Future in US After Winning Asylum

Maycoll and Stephanie Mendoza fled to the U.S. in 2012, escaping a multitude of horrors in their native Honduras. This resilient brother and sister pair journeyed through Guatemala and Mexico mostly alone, two pre-teen children, seeking refuge in the United States. Immigration authorities apprehended Maycoll and Stephanie at the Texas border, and there began their struggle to win asylum in the United States.

Maycoll and Stephanie’s case was presented before the Immigration Judge, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and USCIS before they were granted asylum. Throughout the initial setbacks in their case, the children and their family never lost the courage to persevere. They have long been outspoken advocates, appearing in a New Orleans Advocate article and even NPR’s All Things Considered to address the tougher immigration enforcement policies implemented shortly after Trump’s election.

Maycoll recently graduated from high school and, with his newly-granted asylum status, is enrolled as a college student at the University of New Orleans (UNO). Stephanie is a junior in high school, with plans to study cardiology in the future.

Sandra’s Journey to Support Her Family

Sandra, her son Joel, and his daughter Sandra demonstrate the drive and strength of so many of the immigrants we are privileged to meet in our work. They have overcome significant obstacles—and dangers—to support each other in the pursuit of their dreams.

Rampant gang violence made it impossible for Sandra to earn a living in her home country of Honduras. As a single mother with no outside support, she faced the extremely painful decision faced by too many Central American parents these days: would she risk everything, including her life, to come to the US so that she could find a job that would help her to adequately feed, shelter, and educate her children?

As a survivor of crime who reached out to and collaborated with law enforcement against her abusive ex-boyfriend in the U.S., Sandra was able to apply for U nonimmigrant status (“U visa”). This is an important immigration benefit that protects immigrant victims of crime who report criminal activity. Through her U visa, Sandra was able to get work authorization and has been able to return to her entrepreneurial ways to become a part owner of La Cocinita food truck. She was also able to reunite with her children, Joel and Sandra, who are both in school. Sandra just started college, while Joel is working on his nursing degree.

Sandra’s Journey to Support Her Family

“Pelton + Balducci is an excellent team. They are always there to assist us with any questions we may have. The best part is their experience and the trust that they give us. Thank you for helping me stay in this country.”

- Reina F.

Maria’s Success Story with DACA


As a ten-year-old girl, Maria hardly remembers the day she crossed the border to the United States with her mother on their journey from Honduras. After settling in the New Orleans area, Maria quickly learned English and adapted to life in the United States. She attended Grace King High School, where she met her future husband, Jose, during her sophomore year.

Maria was excited to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) when the program was announced by President Obama in June 2012. USCIS granted and renewed Maria’s DACA status, thereby protecting Maria from removal from the United States and also providing her with a work authorization card, which in turn led to her obtaining a social security number and a driver’s license. In connection with her DACA status, Maria also applied to USCIS for advance parole, which allowed Maria to re-enter the United States legally after international travel.

Then Maria and her high school sweetheart, Jose, married. Now that Maria could demonstrate her lawful entry into the United States via advance parole and had a U.S. citizen spouse petitioner, she became eligible to file a one-step adjustment of status case with USCIS. USCIS recently approved Maria’s application for adjustment of status (green card). In the meantime, Maria has graduated from high school and currently works as an English as a Second Language (ESL) educator, where she assists young people much like herself when she first arrived in the United States.

Contact our Louisiana immigration attorneys today

Give our team at Pelton + Balducci a call today at (504) 708-5400 to schedule a consultation. We will do everything we can to help you with your case. Everyone on our team is fluent in Spanish and will work with translators when necessary.

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