The Immigration Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) released its year end removal numbers. There were 409,849 people who were deported. According to the ICE press release, “approximately 55 percent, or 225,390 of the people removed, were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors – almost double the removal of criminals in FY 2008.val numbers for fiscal year 2012.” A lot of Republicans have criticized President Obama’s program for providing deferred action for DREAMers and other efforts at exercising prosecutorial discretion in enforcing immigration laws because they view him as not enforcing the immigration laws. However, what President Obama is doing is prioritizing the limited resources of the ICE. As a result of this prioritization, the Obama administration has deported double the number of non-citizens with criminal history from 2008. Based upon these statistics, it would seem that President Obama’s plan is working. By exercising prosecutorial discretion in non-priority cases, the ICE is able to focus on priority cases involving immigrants with criminal history.
Archives for December 2012
Martindale-Hubbell is a lawyer directory. They have a peer review rating system for lawyers. Under the Martindale-Hubbell rating system, the highest rating that a lawyer can receive is an A/V rating. I recently requested a rating from Martindale-Hubbell. I have received an A/V rating. On a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the highest), I received an average score of 4.9 from the lawyers that rated me. Some of the lawyers that rated me provided comments. Here are some of the actual comments that were provided:
Matthew is one of the foremost authorities on immigration law in the country. He is the one other lawyers turn to when they have a question they can’t answer.
Matthew’s knowledge of both law & procedure with respect to BIA Appeals & Federal immigration litigation are unparalleled.
Matthew is a great source of immigration law knowledge. I consider him my mentor.
Matthew Guadagno has continuously provided me with a source of expertise in Immigration Law.
Matthew has argued law changing cases before the second circuit!! but for him the law would not be changed.
Very competent immigration attorney, which is not that common to find.
Whenever I have a case that needs to go to Federal Court I send my clients to Mr. Guadagno. I trust him with them and I guess that is the best recommendation.
Matthew is a top notch immigration attorney.
Matthew is a real expert in Litigation of Immigration Matters, particularly in Appellate practice. He has many cited cases in Federal Courts which he researched and litigated, and he really knows the law as well as anyone.
Matthew is one the best immigration lawyers in this country. He trained me to be an immigration lawyer when he was my supervisor at Bretz & Coven, where I worked for 5 years. He is always ready and willing to help anyone who seeks him out. He is patient with clients and tells them the truth, no matter how difficult it may be to hear. He is creative, articulate, and expresses himself thoroughly and in a clear manner.