Immigration Authorities Play Hardball; Possible Removal for Terror Attack Widow and Criminal Convictions for CBP Officer and Immigration Attorney

The conventional wisdom is that a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill has no chance of passage unless Congress and the public are convinced that the Obama administration is serious about going after immigration violators.

Perhaps that’s why the widow of a rabbi murdered in the Mumbai terrorist attacks finds herself subject to travel restrictions and possible removal after overusing her visitor’s visa by regularly traveling from Israel to see her kids in New York.  It might also explain the weird twist of fate involving Federal prosecutions a thousand miles apart, where a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection official and a Georgia immigration attorney both got smacked by the hand of justice for immigration-related malfeasance.

In Boston, Lorraine Henderson, a former CBP Port Director, was convicted for “encouraging her illegal immigrant housekeeper to remain in the country,” while Sai Hyun Lee, a Duluth, GA immigration attorney, learned that she will spend the next 366 days in a Federal prison for committing immigration fraud related to alien labor certifications.

While I can see the value of making an example of the CBP official and a crooked immigration attorney, it’s hard to grasp what value comes from going after the widow of a terror attack victim.  Thus, between the FDNS visits, ICE raids, and now this, I’m certainly convinced that the administration is serious about enforcement.

Hopefully that means that the time has come to get moving on a sensible CIR bill.

 

About Vic Goel

Vic Goel is Managing Partner of Goel & Anderson. His practice includes strategic immigration planning to assist domestic and multinational corporations with recruitment and hiring of international professionals, highly skilled technicians, managers, executives, and students. Vic has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Immigration Law, and was awarded a Distinguished Peer Review Rating for legal ability and ethical standards from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has also been selected for inclusion in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, a publication that identifies the preeminent lawyers in the field through annual peer recommendations. He can be contacted at vic.goel@goellaw.com.
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