Archive for June 2009

How to get to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Burlington, MA using public transportation

In 2007, Immigration and Customs Enforcement–the agency, which handles immigration bonds and is in charge of deportation–moved its offices from the centrally-located JFK Federal Building in downtown Boston to a remote office park way out in the boonies of Burlington, Massachusetts.

In my years of experience as an immigration lawyer specializing in deportation cases, I’ve noticed that many of my clients don’t have cars and rely on public transportation. My clients need to travel from Boston area to the Burlington, MA immigration office to post immigration bonds or to report in for orders of supervision or orders of recognizance. My immigration clients often ask me how to get to ICE’s Burlington office from Boston using public transportation.

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Why I usually don’t recommend Voluntary Departure

When I go to Immigration Court in Boston, my goal is to protect my clients from deportation. I work hard to explore all options, to come up with a winning strategy and to prepare my cases in a way that ensures success. Of course, I want my clients to come away with a green card.

But the sad reality is that for some people who must appear in Immigration Court, the facts of their particular cases render them ineligible for any relief from deportation. For such cases, there is simply no way under the current immigration laws to prevent deportation. And, when faced with limited options, many lawyers routinely ask the Immigration Judge for an order of voluntary departure.

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Boston Immigration Court AILA Liaison

I’m proud to announce that I’ve been re-appointed as a liaison to Boston’s Immigration Court for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) – New England Chapter. As a member of the Liaison Committee to the Executive Office of Immigration Review, I look forward to assisting my esteemed colleagues.

In Boston, immigration lawyers and the Immigration Court have a tradition of warm relationship, for which we can thank the leadership of Court’s Administrator Robert Halpin. As a liaison, I’m happy to be able make a small contribution to this on-going comity.

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Boston Immirgation Court will be closed the first week of August

The Immigration Court in Boston, Massachusetts will be closed August 3 – 7, 2009 while the Immigration Judges attend a conference. While the Court is closed, no hearings will be conducted, except emergency bonds, which will be heard telephonically by Immigration Judges who are not Boston Immigration Judges. The Immigration Court is in the process of rescheduling all hearings scheduled for that week.

Although the Immigration Court will be closed, I’ll be hard at work. If you need the help of an immigration lawyer, call me at (617) 722-0005 and come see me in my Boston immigration law office.

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How to win or lose in Immigration Court

If you are facing deportation or removal from the United States and have a hearing in Immigration Court in Boston or elsewhere, your fate is in the hands of an Immigration Judge who will weigh the evidence and reach a decision. Immigration lawyers refer to this process as the Court’s or the Judge’s discretion.

People often underestimate the power of an Immigration Judge’s discretion. So I’d like to give you three specific examples of how Immigration Judges have the discretion to decide deportation cases:

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Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 722-0005
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