Immigration Newsletter

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

ID Required to enter JFK Federal Building

AILA NE President Vincent Lau has informed us that (until further notice) a photo ID will be required to gain entry to the JFK Federal Building in Boston.

Well, the immigration court is in JFK; and while I appreciate the need for additional security - there is a problem. Many people who are placed in removal proceedings have their ID confiscated by ICE. When they show up for court and are turned away - they will get a default judgement against them for not being present.

If you are a client of Drew Law Office and you do not have a photo ID please let us know. We will be monitoring the situation and can file motions to reopen in absentia removal orders if needed.

There isn't much we can do about the really long wait time to get into the building however... so be sure to arrive early.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A victory for Latino rights -

A victory for Latino rights -

An unprecedented settlement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent a loud and needed message: immigration agents cannot run roughshod over the rights of Latinos without consequences.
As of a result of the settlement reached yesterday, ICE must cough up $1 million to 22 Latino victims of warrantless raids. But what is far-reaching is that ICE must change its policies.
Among the court-ordered requirements: ICE agents must seek consent to enter or search a private residence. When the target is from a Spanish-speaking country, the agency must have Spanish-speaking officers available to seek that permission. They cannot conduct sweeps through a home without a real —not imagined or assumed— suspicion of danger.