Letter to the Editor of the Boston Herald: "Immigration Ruled By Law"

Following my last post in which I explained some of the major inaccuracies of the recent Boston Herald article, I was encouraged to send the response to the major newspaper itself. As luck would have it, my response was chosen and published as a "Letter to the Editor" in the Boston Herald's September 20, 2016 print run. It was shortened to the following version below:

Immigration ruled by law

The Herald describes the federal immigration court based in Boston as one of the “most lenient” in the country and implies that the system has only one job — to deport noncitizens to their country of origin (“Bay State sees plunge in deportations,” Sept. 19). In other words, success is measured by the number of removal orders that a court issues.

The charge of the immigration court system, however, is administering the immigration laws fairly and in a uniform manner — by interpreting the applicable law, which Congress has written. It is not a court whose sole duty is to remove any and all noncitizens from the U.S., notwithstanding that being an impression the Herald’s coverage unfairly seems to perpetuate.

If we are in anyway dissatisfied by the way we perceive the immigration court fulfilling its mission, then perhaps we need to return to our lawmakers, who have crafted the immigration laws. What really is most frustrating for me is the lack of comprehensive immigration reform and an ever-increasing perception that immigration is a black-and-white issue.

— Robert F. Ley, Boston

The writer is an immigration lawyer.


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