A former client of mine returned to Japan a couple of years ago after having spent a relatively brief time in immigration detention in the US. The person began a new life by getting married in Japan, and the couple started a successful business. Everything seemed to be going well.
The only problem was that the city where they had chosen to live happened to be located near the center of the March 11 earthquake. The city was not seriously damaged by the tsunami, but there was widespread devastation from the quake.
Fortunately, the person was able to contact me by email soon after the quake. It turned out that the couple were unhurt and there was only minor damage to their home, but there was widespread death and destruction all around them, with little or no food, water or electricity.
The only experience worse than the earthquake, the former client also mentioned, was the experience of having been in immigration detention.
Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years.