That night, he says, “shifted the direction of my entire practice.” He was disturbed to see just how much immigration policies were becoming politicized under the Trump administration, and realized that advocacy would be a necessary part of his work.
"For someone who's facing deportation, playing around with court dates is literally playing around with their life," Ahmad told CBS News."
Hassan Ahmad was named one of Washington, D.C.’s best immigration attorneys by Washingtonian Magazine.
Hassan Ahmad, a Virginia-based immigration lawyer, tells PEOPLE that the “most important piece of advice is, don’t take this lying down.
“Be proactive about proving your case before it becomes necessary,” he says.
Immigration attorney Hassan Ahmad said he planned on staying at Dulles Airport all night if he had to to help incoming travelers. Earlier on Saturday, Ahmad said he helped a family of four from Iraq that had been detained by airport authorities even though they had been granted permanent residency under the Special Immigrant Visa Program, which is given to translators from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“When it implicates your freedom and your family, it's not a civil issue, it's a civil rights issue. When it implicates your constitutional rights, it's not a legal process issue, it's a due process issue.”