During the month of May, New Jersey Immigration Attorney Lloyd E. Bennett
acted on behalf of the New Jersey chapter of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association (AILA-NJ) to discuss important issues of concern for
immigration attorneys with government immigration officials. The lawyer
attended two meetings as a representative for the lawyers' organization.
Those meetings were with the Newark Immigration Court's Chief Trial
Attorney and the director of the ICE Newark field office.
On May 21, 2013, members of AILA-NJ's Trial Attorney liaison committee
(which included Attorney Bennett) met with the Chief Trial Attorney and
her staff to engage in a conversation about issues related to immigration
court practice, as well as about new processes and procedures. The Chief
Trial Attorney serves as legal counsel for the government's office
of immigration and therefore represents the government in immigration-related matters.
Attorney Bennett and the other attendees' voiced AILA-NJ chapter members'
concerns over issues such as the level of difficulty in obtaining certain
types of information from the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) in a timely
and convenient fashion, such as OCC attorney assignments. They also raised
concerns over other types of delays and issues that impede on the timely
processing of immigration cases. The OCC provided responses to the committee
members' various questions.
At another meeting that was held on May 24, 2013, Attorney Bennett and
other members of AILA-NJ's ICE liaison committee members met with
the director of the ICE Newark field office director and his staff. ICE
is the agency that is responsible for arresting and detaining illegal
aliens within the United States. Attorney Bennett serves as the organization's
ICE Committee Co-Chair.
AILA-NJ's committee members discussed a broad spectrum of issues with
the ICE field office director and his staff. For example, they asked about
how detainees' legal counsel could more easily obtain basic information
about their clients' detention, including information about where
they are being detained. They also asked about various other procedures
and policies associated with the arrest, detention and release of illegal
These meetings are crucial for allowing immigration attorneys in New Jersey
to have the information they need to better serve their clients. It is
important for the government's immigration agencies to have efficient
systems in place that allow for immigration cases to be handled properly.
Looking ahead, Attorney Bennett plans to attend to the 2013 AILA Annual
Conference on Immigration Law, which will be held in San Francisco from
June 26-29. This event will likely be attended by about 3,000 to 4,000
immigration attorneys. This marks an important year with immigration reform
on the horizon.
If you are dealing with an immigration-related legal matter, whether it
is a potential
deportation or the processing of a
visa, it is in your best interests to obtain assistance from a knowledgeable
legal professional who works in this legal practice area. The Law Offices
of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. has been serving clients since 1987 and
has helped more than 10,000 people with their immigration cases.
Contact our office so we can provide you with the help you need!