According to a report from the Boston Herald, two top judges in Massachusetts recently sent a public letter to U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) sharply criticizing the federal agency for detaining and deporting immigrants while local legal matters are still pending—without notifying local officials. Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ralph Gants […]
As reported by CBS Boston, Massachusetts legislators recently held an important hearing regarding the possibility of becoming a sanctuary state. If passed into law, the Safe Communities Act would limit interactions between state and local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration officers. Additionally, the legislation also calls for an end to ‘287G Agreements’—through which state […]
According to reporting from WBUR, a federal judge has determined that the procedural rules that put the burden of proof on undocumented immigrants in a bond hearing are unconstitutional. In an important win for immigrant rights, the decision from Judge Patti Saris will change the way bond hearings are handled in our region. Here, our […]
According to reporting from Boston.com, two of the top prosecutors in Massachusetts have filed a joint lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the Trump Administration’s authority to conduct immigration enforcement operations at courthouses. This action comes days after a Massachusetts judge was indicted for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant escape out the backdoor of a […]
Deportation Defense of Kong Xin Chen
Kong’s arrest and the prospect that he could be deported has visibly shaken his community in Marshfield, Massachusetts, drawing the attention of the Boston Globe, the Quincy, MA Patriot Ledger and other Massachusetts newspapers. Kong’s case has earned the sympathy of state and congressional representatives and prompted his community to rally around him. His supporters have created a Free Kong Now Website, organized a fundraiser to help support his family and flooded my office with heartbreaking letters of support.
I consider myself to be an effective immigration lawyer. Want a green card? I can show you the options and assess your chances. Have some complicated legal issues but still interested in applying for naturalization to be a U.S. citizen? Or do you need an attorney to represent you in Immigration Court? I can help.
But, as I’m an immigration lawyer in Boston, sometimes I get downright stumped. Here are some frequently asked questions that I have no idea how to answer:
Green Card Lawyer Boston
At a meeting in my immigration law office in Boston, a potential client recently asked me this question:
I’m interested in hiring an immigration lawyer to prepare my green card case. But is it risky to use an immigration lawyer? I’m concerned that if USCIS sees that I have an immigration lawyer, the immigration officer might get suspicious. By using an immigration lawyer, perhaps the officer will presume that my case has some problem or issue.
Boston Deportation Lawyer
Immigration and deportation defense lawyers now have a way to find the location of persons detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by using ICE’s new online detention locator system. If this online tool actually works as intended, this is an extremely useful development, which is long overdue.
Boston Immigration Lawyer News
Immigration Judge Francis L. Cramer has announced his retirement from Boston Immigration Court. As an immigration lawyer who appeared frequently before Immigration Judge Cramer, I can say that he will be sorely missed. He had a reputation for deciding deportation cases fairly and impartially. And he always treated the immigration lawyers and parties with great respect, at times, a lighthearted humor. His departure leaves a vacancy in the Boston Immigration Court bench that will be hard to fill.
As an Boston immigration lawyer and expert on the marriage-based green card process, I was quoted in today’s Boston Globe article discussing marriage fraud and earlier in a Boston Herald article. I also appeared on The Boston Channel, WCVB Channel 5 news discussing deportation and sham marriages. You can watch the news video here. And you can read my blog on marriage fraud and green cards here.
The Boston Globe article looks at the immigration problems of 3 Pakistanis whom the Department of Homeland Security has detained in connection with the Times Square bombing. According to media reports, they are facing the prospect of deportation or removal from the United States and are appearing in Boston Immigration Court before Immigration Judge Robin Feder. Each are married to U.S. citizens. But attorneys from Immigration and Customs Enforcement allege that the marriages are fraudulent.