On June 27th 2017, my client was arrested on a misdemeanor charge with
a bail of one hundred dollars for an incident that was basically a miscommunication.
My client was detained by Immigration Services immediately after his arraignment
and continues to be in ICE custody. Due to his ICE status, we maneuvered
his case into a trial posture right away and on October 2, 2017 I successfully
had his criminal case dismissed.
This is a nightmare scenario for this teenaged boy. He has been interviewed
by ICE without the benefit of legal representation. Pressure from the
media concerning gang violence on Long Island has forced a reaction from
our government, and the laws on immigration are constantly changing. He
has been profiled as a gang member in this new crackdown, seemingly due
to his young age and country of origin. If the Immigration Court fails
to give him due process, the consequences could be devastating to him.
No proof has been proffered as to his alleged gang affiliation. If he is
returned to El Salvador, he faces treacherous circumstances. He is a bright,
talented, insightful, kind young person who is aspiring to be a chef.
We were successful in criminal court. Hopefully he will find success in
the Immigration Court as well.