Iraqi Christian’s Deportation Appeal Should Be Heard, Court Says

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Deportee may have won if not for ineffective counsel
Immigration appeals board wrongly ignored precedent
The Department of Homeland Security should reopen deportation proceedings against an Iraqi Christian because his counsel may have been ineffective, the Sixth Circuit said Jan. 10.

Samir Kada is a Chaldean Christian from Iraq whose family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12. DHS began removal proceedings after he was convicted of crimes including assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon illegally. Richard Kent represented Kada in the removal proceedings, and the Board of Immigration Appeals ordered Kada’s deportation after Kent missed a filing deadline.

Kent filed to reopen the case, arguing that serious health problems…
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