The new administration’s assault on immigration goes well beyond the travel ban. On January 25, 2017, executive order 13768 entered our lives. Titled: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, the order prioritizes removal of aliens: who are convicted of any criminal offense; who are charged with any criminal offense; and those…

Using a “canned” speech while reviewing a plea petition with a client who is not a U.S. citizen teeters on the brink of ineffective assistance of counsel. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined a defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel when his lawyer advised him he would not be deported for pleading guilty to…

“Will I be deported for this?” Hands down, this is the most common question asked by someone who is not a United States citizen after they are slapped with criminal charges. As a criminal defense lawyer, having a definitive answer for that vital question is not always required. Only if deportation consequences are “truly clear,”[1] …

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