Criminal Defense of Immigrants


§ 2.49 5. Saying Goodbye

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At the end of the case, we need to tell the client what to expect from the immigration authorities and refer the client to immigration counsel if necessary.  See § 8.48, infra.


                These jobs do not require esoteric immigration knowledge, or delving into alien libraries.  They require us only to use our basic criminal defense skills.  The immigration lawyers we consult provide the expert, up-to-date immigration knowledge.  We need to provide them with the information necessary so they can do an accurate job of diagnosis and participate with us in preparing a joint treatment plan.


                This volume is designed to tell you what you need to know to do a good job of (a) identifying the foreign nationals on your caseload, and (b) protecting them against adverse immigration consequences as much as possible.  It is a guide to where to get the help you need to do these two jobs.