Criminal Defense of Immigrants
§ 2.10 E. Anxiety and Emotional Distress
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Our clients will suffer great anxiety once they discover the possibility of deportation. Once the situation is clarified, and they learn the disaster is certain, there is a profound grieving process, accompanied, as usual, by denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. Their losses are many and tragic: the loss of the right to live in the United States, the loss of the right to enter United States and thus the loss of the right to visit their homeland and return, the loss of eligibility for United States citizenship, and the loss of home, job, friends, and family. They may feel it was unfair to allow them plead guilty to a disposition that was favorable from a criminal standpoint, but which they later discover to be an immigration nightmare.