Category Archives: asylum

Citing Dangerous Conditions in Mexico, Federal Judge Allows Five Central American Asylum Seekers to Enter the U.S.

On May 14th, 2020, a Massachusetts federal judge allowed five asylum seekers—three women and two young children—to enter the United States early, while their asylum claim is still being reviewed. In the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, a judge ruled that the migrants were likely to be granted asylum and that... READ MORE

Obama’s Aunt in Boston Immigration Court

As a lawyer specializing in deportation defense who frequently appears in Boston Immigration Court, I find it fascinating that a close family member of the President appeared yesterday in our court before our own Immigration Judge Shapiro. Zeituni Onyango, the Kenyan aunt of President Obama, is in deportation proceedings in Boston as everyone on the populated Earth knows by now. Of course, asylum applications are confidential. I certainly have no direct knowledge about this case. But my experience as a deportation lawyer in Boston tells me that Ms. Onyango's immigration case has been widely reported in a way that is quite misleading. The headline of the Boston Globe, for instance, claims that the Immigration Judge allowed Ms. Onyango to stay in the U.S. until February 2010. What is misleading about this headline is that it falsely suggests that the Immigration Judge made a discretionary decision in favor of Ms. Onyango. This is not at all what happened at the hearing yesterday. READ MORE