Cash smuggler, returns to Gambia and can re-apply for admission

Served with Notice to Appear

A man from Guinea was convicted of bulk cash smuggling and put in prison for six months when he attempted to enter the U.S. in November. Near the end of his sentence, ICE served him a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) charging him with removability for a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (“CIMT”). His sister hired us to help him get bond and return to Guinea. However, because he was an arriving alien, he was not eligible for bond or voluntary departure. This meant that he would sit in jail possibly for months waiting for an immigration hearing. If ordered removed, he would not be able to return to the U.S. for ten years.

We pushed the Immigration Court for an early bond hearing, briefed the Immigration Judge on why we believed our client’s crime was not a CIMT, and negotiated with ICE to allow our client to return immediately to his country without any immigration consequences. The judge agreed with us, and ICE allowed our client to return to Gambia. ICE honored our agreement and filed a Motion to Terminate all proceedings with the Court. Our client is home with his family in Gambia, and he has no bar to returning to the U.S. as a visitor or immigrant in the future.

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