On April 11, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive entitled Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement. One provision in the directive will have an impact on every person in this country who is not a citizen, even those who are lawful resident aliens with green cards.
General Sessions has ordered every federal prosecutor, whenever practicable, to seek the “expedited removal” of all eligible non-citizens as part of the sentencing phase of “each federal [criminal] case” using a process called “judicial removal.” The effect of this order is essentially to bypass the federal immigration court system and to criminalize this process. That means judges who are non-experts in immigration standards will be conducting an abridged hearing that otherwise would have been done in a specialized court, using specially trained counsel.
At Shulman Rogers, we provide clients facing criminal charges and deportation a deep bench of former prosecutors and regulators who work as a team with experienced immigration counsel. Our team has just completed the successful representation of Israeli-national business owners targeted in an alleged cross-border immigration fraud conspiracy to illegally bring workers into the United States.
Litigating in the prosecutor-friendly Eastern District of Virginia, we kept our clients out of prison and secured them the right to remain in this country. Our team successfully beat the combined efforts of the Department of Labor's Office of Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Justice Department and the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service.
It is vitally important in this new day of immigration enforcement to have a coordinated criminal defense and immigration team.