On January 24, 2018, The American Immigration Lawyers Association held our annual meeting with Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) at Newark Airport. The meeting was attended by Lloyd Bennett, Esq.—former NJ American Lawyers Association Chapter chair—and his associate, Yolanda Mendoza, together with other interested immigration lawyers.
Newark Airport’s CBP officers process thousands of people each day in a professional and courteous manner while accomplishing their mandate of protecting the U.S., as explained by Port Director Edward Fox. After the Director’s introductory remarks, the immigration lawyers had an opportunity to address concerns their clients had while interacting with CBP at Newark Airport.
They discussed issues involving Temporary Protective Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), individuals arriving with approved I-130s, I-94 issues, secondary inspection, electronic inspection, and Notice to Appear issuance. The lawyers were then treated to a full tour of the facility including the initial screening and secondary inspection area along with holding areas and baggage claim, where contraband is frequently detected.
About Customs & Border Patrol
On a typical day, CBP officers encounter nearly a million visitors and detain more than 1,100 individuals nationwide. They are the first line of defense and strive to keep America safe. The immigration lawyers in attendance appreciate the continued open line of communication, as it provides valuable information to help us continue to successfully represent our clients.