“It was great to see this case closed,” says Bartell, a Russian and Arabic speaking immigration lawyer. The case had dragged on for nearly two years.
Bartell’s client had been accused of domestic violence many times by his wife. However, his wife is mentally ill, Bartell says. He presented information in court that indicated his client’s wife is a paranoid schizophrenic who gave their daughter to a stranger to care for, while his client remained jailed on the domestic violence charges. The client’s wife also has a history of giving her children away. She has four children, and has given all of them up to others, including the 19-month-old daughter fathered by Bartell’s client.
“We fought to get him out of jail and reunited with his daughter,” says our business immigration lawyer Bartell. “We got the judge to agree that this child has suffered as a result of recent events, and deporting her father would expose her to additional hardship.” With that, Bartell won the case and his client will get his green card. He expected his client to be released that afternoon and reunited with his infant daughter later that day.
“Cases like these are absolutely worth fighting for,” says Bartell, who also is a white collar defense attorney. The U.S. puts a great deal of effort into deporting immigrants charged with relatively minor criminal offenses including theft and multiple misdemeanor convictions, he says.
“It will be interesting to see how the government addresses these types of cases going forward, based upon the new memorandum released by the U.S. Justice Department last week,” Bartell says.
Immigrants facing deportation should contact a lawyer who specializes in that area, because immigrants have rights in the legal system- even if they aren’t U.S. citizens. Immigration lawyers can be instrumental in cancellation of removal proceedings.
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