Immigration Detention Hell

I just got off the phone with a deportation client. Of course, I can’t reveal lots of details about his deportation case. In any event, he is being detained under the ridiculous INA mandatory detention statute.

This client was charged with a crime in late-2000 and is a Permanent Resident. USCIS, DHS and ICE forgot this fact though. Instead, they waited until early-2010 to decide to commence deportation proceedings against him. Yes, 10 years!

He is married, has children and, until recently, had a successful local business. Mind you, the business was forced to close because my client was in prison. I forgot to tell you . . . he only received probation for the underlying crime.

Now, the wife and children are on public assistance, get rental help from the government among other subsidies. T