Monday, April 24, 2017

Borowski Immigration Law wins gang-based LGBT asylum case for detained Salvadoran client

Buffalo immigration attorney Ryan Witmer, a partner with the Law Office of Matthew Borowski, recently won a gang-based LGBT El Salvador asylum case before the Batavia Immigration Court for a detained asylum seeker. The claim was based on the respondent's fear of returning to El Salvador due to past persecution he faced at the hands of members of a criminal gang (mara) who beat, raped, and tortured him due to his sexual identity. When he went to the police for protection, he was refused any assistance. El Salvador has a well-documented history of refusing police protection to individuals who suffer persecution as a result of their sexual orientation. The result represents a huge victory for Mr. Witmer's client, who came to the United States seeking protection from torture.

"Gang-based cases from Central American countries such as El Salvador are notoriously difficult to win," said attorney Witmer. "I was very pleased with the outcome in this case, particularly given my initial fears because my client was unable to provide any documentary proof of the horrible persecution that he suffered. At the end of the day, Immigration Judge Steven Connelly saw that our client testified credibly and that gay rights are extremely tenuous in El Salvador, given the weight of the country conditions evidence."

The lawyers at Borowski Immigration Law work diligently on our clients' asylum cases, fighting for the American dream of a new beginning free from persecution. If you or a loved one fear returning to your home country due to persecution or torture, and wish to apply for asylum in the United States, please call us today to discuss your eligibility.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ryan Witmer discusses federal responsibility for immigration law enforcement

One Major Wall Faces Local Agencies to Enforcing Immigration Laws

With President Donald Trump considering extending the power to enforce immigration law to local law enforcement agencies, Ryan Witmer, an immigration lawyer with Borowski Immigration Law, says he doesn't see a practical reason for the proposal.
"It's the federal government's responsibility to manage and enforce our immigration laws, not the state and local governments," said Witmer.

Read more on Spectrum News: 
One Major Wall Faces Local Agencies to Enforcing Immigration Laws

Monday, February 20, 2017

Eight people flee U.S. border patrol to seek asylum in Canada

Eight asylum-seekers, including four children, barely made it across the Canadian border on Friday as a U.S. border patrol officer tried to stop them and a Reuters photographer captured the scene.
Full story: Eight people flee U.S. border patrol to seek asylum in Canada

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Matthew Borowski discusses Trump's potential new Executive Order on TWC News Buffalo

President Donald Trump said Friday he's considering signing a new immigration order early next week as the original makes its way through the courts.

"Certainly, Trump could try to put forward a more narrowly-tailored travel ban, but I think, at the end of the day, if he tries to focus it on Muslim-majority nations, the statements he made during the campaign are going to come back to bite him," said Borowski.

Borowski says that's because courts take intent into account when making their decisions.

See the full story here:
Immigration Attorneys and Clients Wait for Whatever's Next

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Montreal Gazette story on Muslim Canadian woman who was denied entry to the United States quotes Matthew Borowski on the border search exception

Matthew Borowski, Buffalo immigration lawyer, was quoted by the Montreal Gazette in an article about a Muslim Canadian woman who was denied entry to the United States after being detained for four hours and questioned about her political and religious views. Attorney Borowski discussed the border search exception to the Fourth Amendment of the Untied States Constitution, which gives border agents wide latitude to search people and goods moving across the international border.

From the article:

Matthew Borowski, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based immigration lawyer, said border-crossing agents benefit from the border search exception, which allows extensive questioning, searches and seizures without a warrant or probable cause.

In more recent years, he said, it’s extended to include the search of electronic devices, including cellphones and laptops.

“It’s been quite a contentious issue, and unfortunately the law hasn’t really settled on the topic yet,” Borowski said of device searches at border crossings. 

You can read the full article here:
Border-crossing rights: Agents can question, search and seize, immigration lawyers say

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ryan Witmer, Immigration Lawyer, Appears on ABC 7 Story: Trump's Travel Ban Keeping Families Apart

ABC 7 WBKW Buffalo interviewed Borowski Law attorney Ryan Witmer  about the issues families impacted by Trump's travel ban face. The story is about a Somalian refugee who spent the last two decades in Kenya, trying to get his visa to reunite with his brother and mother in Buffalo. Trump's travel ban is preventing this refugee from realizing his American dream.

From the article:

Immigration lawyer, Ryan Witmer, a partner at Borowski Law says families looking for a new chance in America are running into an unexpected road block.

“Many of these people have disposed of all of their assets in the country they are coming from. They thought they were moving to a new life in the United States,” said Witmer.

Witmer's advice, anyone from the listed countries unsure of their immigration status in the United States, make sure they have legal representation.

You can watch the story and read the article here:
Trump's Travel Ban Keeping Families Apart

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump's Dangerous Executive Orders on Immigration Will Only Make America Less Safe

Please read this interesting article by Walter Ewing discussing Trump's dangerous and misguided executive order that eviscerates the enforcement priority system as we know it.

The executive order "effectively makes all unauthorized immigrants in the United States an 'enforcement priority,' regardless of whether they entered the country without inspection or overstayed a visa, and irrespective of whether or not they have a criminal record."

The ignorance of this decision is that enforcement resources are a finite resource, and if every immigration violation is considered a priority, how are we to determine which cases should receive the limited government resources to prosecute?

The article is available here:

Understanding the Dangerous Implication's of President Trump's Executive Order

I also recently was interviewed by Time Warner Cable News on this very issue of enforcement priorities. You can view the news story and the video here:

Immigration Issues Hit Buffalo as Debate Stirs Nationwide

Of course, this was before Trump's ban on Muslims took effect. Over the weekend there has been nothing but turmoil in airports throughout the United States as lawful immigrants and non-immigrants, some of whom have lived in the United States for years with green cards and have families and businesses in this country, were turned back simply because their country of origin was on Trump's list of Muslim nations from which he chose to ban immigrants.

We will continue to monitor the situation with Trump's executive orders so as to effectively defend our clients from these unconstitutional, racist, and bigoted actions.