Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Laws with Intended Consequences

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 do not even understand the basics.  If you feel differently, you are probably not doing it right.

The laws regulating the removal (deportation) of foreigners in the United States have the intended consequence of kicking people out of the country.  However, the ancillary, unintended (or intended, who knows?), consequences of the laws divide families, separate individuals from their livelihoods and income, destabilize communities, and in some cases, condemn people to death.

The purpose of this blog is to explore the world of "deportation law" and immigration litigation, as well as focus on the consequences felt by those who become part of the system, including attorneys, government officials and, most importantly, immigrants and their families.

Hopefully we will learn something, and have some fun, along the way.

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