Deportation Tales

Attorneys who consciously make the decision to defend immigrants in removal proceedings and immigration litigation are a special breed.  The work is hard, the hours long and the anxiety crippling. This work is not for the faint of heart or the thin of skin.  Mistakes are made, misunderstandings are common, criticism flies freely and the laws, rules and regulations dealt with every day defy common sense.

Just when you think you have it figured out, something comes along and makes you realize you don't even understand the basics.  If you feel differently, you are probably not doing it right.

No time has been more illustrative of this reality than the time of the Trump Administration. The immigration courts are not independent. They are an executive agency subject to the whims of a political actor - chiefly the Attorney General and, by extension, the President.

The purpose of this blog is to explore the world of "deportation law" and immigration litigation, specifically the crazy sh!t that happens every day. We'll focus on recent appellate decisions, immigration court policy memos, the courtrooms we interact with, and the stories of those most severely affected by the chaos that the American deportation system has grown to embrace. 

While we are certainly limited in terms of the details we can share when it comes to our clients, the consequences felt by those who become part of the system, including attorneys, government officials and, most importantly, immigrants and their families, are all too real and ever present. We hope to provide those experiences with some sort of context and hopefully some sense of justice.

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