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Bloggings On Deportation And Removal

by Matthew Kolken

92 Maricopa County Jail Officers Turn in their ICE Badges in front of Cameras

Adam Slinger of the Associated Press reports that 92 jail officers in Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona turned in their ICE badges in front of cameras. Last week the Federal government stripped the officers of their authority to check immigration status due to allegations of civil rights violations.

There is only one remaining federal agent that is responsible for checking the immigration status of all inmates held in Maricopa county jails.

It has been reported that an average of 15 individuals were detected each day that did not have proper immigration status.

Click here for more of the original story.

Immigration Judges Give "Scathing Assessment" of Lawyers Appearing before New York Immigration Courts

The New York Times published an article a couple of days ago about the availability of quality of legal representation before the immigration court in New York.  The article references a Cardozo Law Review article entitled "Assessing Justice: The Availability and Adequacy of Counsel in Immigration Proceedings."

Immigration Judges (IJ) estimated that from an approximately one-year period between 2010 and 2011 33% of the cases involve lawyers that have provided inadequate representation, and grossly inadequate representation in 14% of the cases.  The IJs viewed private lawyers least favorably, which according to the Times piece, may be attributable to "predatory" "ambulance-chasing-style lawyers" that are not familiar with immigration law and who are primarily responsible for the low grades.

The moral of the story is make sure that you do your research before hiring an immigration lawyer to represent you in a deportation proceeding.  

Click here to read the N.Y. Times article.

Click here to read the Cardozo Law Review article.

About The Author

Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.