Archive for the “Basics of Immigration Law” Category

3 Reasons To Know the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity

Posted on September 23rd, 2010 by Vinesh

First, the Supreme Court says you should. In early 2010, the Court ruled that criminal defense attorneys are required to advise clients on the immigration consequences of their pleas.  Failure to do so counts as  “ineffective assistance of counsel.”  Specifically, defense attorneys should advise non-citizens that deportation is “presumptively mandatory” when the risk of removal […]

How Good Are You?: Judging Moral Character in Removal Proceedings

Posted on August 30th, 2010 by Vinesh

Yes, the government is in the business of judging morality — at least when it comes to removal and deportation.  To get cancellation of removal for a non-LPR (lawful permanent resident), the alien must be a “person of good moral character.” Fortunately, the Immigration and Nationality Act attempts to constrain judges’ discretion to evaluate moral […]

Do I Qualify For Cancellation of Removal?

Posted on August 30th, 2010 by Vinesh

As a deportation lawyer in Dallas, Texas, I am frequently asked by clients about whether they qualify for cancellation of removal.  It’s no surprise, given that cancellation trumps common grounds of inadmissibility, like entering without inspection.  Unfortunately, the requirements for cancellation of removal are quite stringent. For lawful permanent residents (“LPRs”), one must (a) have […]