While the Obama administration has deported almost as many people in three years than Bush did in eight years, the administration has recently issued memoranda and policy directives prioritizing who they will and will not seek to remove from the country. Intending to focus on those who have serious criminal histories, have multiple immigration violations, or lack substantial connections to the US, the officials at ICE will close or otherwise not proceed with deportation (removal) cases against those who are low priority cases.
Since the announcement, the prosecutors of immigration cases (Office of Chief Counsel) have been willing, and at times requesting, to administratively close cases they consider low priority. It is possible to ask them to review a case for administrative closure or termination, and can be documented to advocate for such treatment.
For the next few months, we will be having a free bi-lingual presentation open to the public with ample time for questions and answers at various locations around the city. The first of these will be the 28th of January at Donnelly college. Please see our Facebook event page for details:
Free informational meeting with licensed attorney, Jonathan Willmoth. Please join us Saturday January 28, 2012 at Donnelly College (608 N. 18th Street KC, KS). Bring your questions and concerns! These forums will help raise awareness in the Latino Metropolitan area through community education and outreach.
As an avid Apple product user, and sometimes tech geek, I was saddened today to learn of Steve Jobs' passing. However, I had earlier thought of writing a post tonight called: "How my iPad won my client's case".
I had a trial today for a woman who was married to a U.S. citizen who petitioned for her to come join him, and on that basis, she was granted permanent residence. Because they had not been married for two years yet, she was granted conditional residence, and had to file a petition to remove the conditions two years later to get "permanent", permanent residence. She did it originally by herself and was denied. Then she hired an attorney who did not follow through with her case (he was disciplined by his state bar for his poor performance on other cases). Finally, we had a trial scheduled for her in which we were meant to prove that she had entered into her marriage in good faith, even though it was later terminated by divorce.
Last week, I had two trials on the same day, a fairly rare occurrence for me. In the first case, we were successful in arguing that a lady who had been here without authorization for xx years deserved to stay in the country. She was the primary caretaker for her 83-year-old mother who suffered from depression, high blood pressure, and dementia. The key difficulty was that she had 9 other children, both in the United States and in her home country, with whom she could have stayed, should our client have been deported.
Here are some upcoming events where Jonathan will be presenting on various immigration law topics, providing valuable information and training to other immigration attorneys across the country. If you are a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), come check by and say hi at one of the following:
October 19, 2011 at 12:00pm (EST) in Miami, Florida. Jonathan will be reprising his presentation from the AILA National Conference this past summer on the topic of Abandonment of Residence, how those with green cards can avoid losing them. The format is a monthly meeting of the South Florida chapter of AILA. Jonathan is very excited to be presenting again with Gary Endelman, one of the real experts in abandonment of residence issues. Mod erating the panel is the esteemed author of Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook, Ira Kurzban. If you are thinking of practicing in the area of immigration law, it borders on malpractice not to own this book!