ICE Arrest Of Long-Time D.C. Chef ‘Could Very Well Have Been Illegal,’ Lawyer Says

ICE Arrest Of Long-Time D.C. Chef ‘Could Very Well Have Been Illegal,’ Lawyer Says Ava Benach is an immigration lawyer in D.C. who was called by a prominent restaurant group to represent one of their workers, she tells DCist. She says she is not allowed to name the restaurant group or the man who was arrested, who worked for 15 years as a chef at a D.C. restaurant owned by the group. “Assuming my client’s information is correct, and I don’t have any reason to doubt this … ICE officers were just sort of roaming the hall of a potentially target-rich environment,” she says.

All The President’s Immigration Lawsuits

forbes “The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act specifically states that any person who is physically present or who ‘arrives’ in the United States, ‘whether or not at a designated port of arrival and . . . irrespective of such [person’s] status, may apply for asylum,’” said Dree Collopy, a partner at Benach Collopy, in an interview. “The Trump administration has ignored the plain text of the statute and blocked access to the U.S. asylum system through a series of policies that essentially eliminate asylum as an option at our southern border, in violation of U.S. international and domestic legal obligations.”

US launches plan for asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

AP news “With this policy, the Trump administration is purposefully keeping Central Americans in unsafe conditions without access to counsel and evidence in an effort to send them straight back to the hands of their persecutors.” - Dree Collopy

Trump is right: There is a crisis at the border. But he’s causing it.

washington post logo "President Trump tried to claim Tuesday night that shutting down the federal government over his demand for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is a compassionate action — that he is taking a stand on behalf of the American public and even immigrants in response to what he called a “humanitarian and security crisis.” Trump was right about one thing: What’s happening on the southern border is a crisis. But it is his choices that have created it, and his wall would not solve anything." -- Dree Collopy