Thursday, April 19, 2018

Matthew Borowski wins Syrian asylum case

Matthew Borowski has just won an asylum case for a Syrian refugee who feared forced recruitment by Bashar al-Assad's military forces, and persecution due to his pro-western political views. This individual's family home in Damascus had been destroyed in a bombing campaign several years ago, and he feared returning to the war-torn country. The news of our asylum win came just as the U.S. government sent airstrikes to several Syrian military sites. Immigration Judge Denise Hochul ruled in favor of our client's asylum claim, which was based on political opinion, religion, race, and membership in a particular social group of young, westernized Syrian men.

Borowski Immigration Law is thrilled that we were able to secure asylum and eventual U.S. permanent residency through the defensive asylum process at the Buffalo Immigration Court.

Those who wish to help assist people in Syria who are suffering during this war can donate to the White Helmets. Also known as the Syria Civil Defense, the White Helmets are a group of volunteers based in Syria who rush to victims’ aid when disaster strikes.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Toronto Star article on the effect of Trump's immigration policies on Canadians quotes Matthew Borowski

Trump is making it harder for Canadians to legally immigrate to the U.S., lawyers say


Toronto Star journalist Daniel Dale writes that Canadians trying to move to the United States are regularly facing more paperwork, tougher scrutiny and longer waiting times than Canadians did before Donald Trump became president, immigration lawyers in both countries say.

The article quotes Buffalo Immigration Lawyer Matthew Borowski on his views of the Trump administration's recent policy changes, which include forbidding immigration lawyers from accompanying their clients at the port of entry when applying for visas and waivers.

The article states that "On the whole, Canadians are still in a better position to immigrate than residents of any other country. But advocates of cross-border mobility say the Trump-era changes are irrational and overly burdensome when applied to educated, law-abiding applicants from a low-risk neighbour, needlessly harming U.S. companies and families."

“It damages the U.S. economy and it damages the U.S. bilateral relations with our closest neighbours,” said Buffalo and Toronto lawyer Matthew Borowski.

Read the entire article

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Buffalo News article on Humanitarian Parole denials at Buffalo Federal Detention Facility quotes Matthew Borowski

Phil Fairbanks at the Buffalo News is covering an important lawsuit against federal immigration authorities that has been filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).

A lawsuit filed by the NYCLU claims that, under the Trump administration, immigration authorities at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility have "stopped a long-standing practice of granting parole to asylum seekers who are not considered a danger to the community and have a credible chance of being granted asylum."

"A lot of these people have suffered trauma in the past," said Matthew K. Borowski, a Buffalo immigration lawyer. "And now, they're languishing in jail."


Read more:
Asylum seekers at federal jail in Batavia sue over lack of parole - The Buffalo News

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Borowski Law Featured in Esquire Magazine Article on Captain Aminyar's Asylum Case


The Fight of His Life - Esquire Magazine

Esquire Magazine has published a detailed article following the chronicle of Noorullah Aminyar, the Afghan army captain who is seeking asylum in the United States and is being represented by Borowski Immigration Law.

From the article:

The first time Captain Noorullah Aminyar traveled to the United States, in 2012, he felt calm and peaceful in a way he never had before. Back home in Afghanistan, he had slept fully clothed, boots on, hand on his rifle. The Taliban attacked every night, and he had to be ready. "But when I come to America," he told me, "I have no stress in America. I sleep good. I tell you, I have no stress. It was really easy. It was a good thing. You feel safe. I was born in the war. I grew up in the war. Always, your life is in danger. You find a little safe time, for sure you'll be happy."

Read more

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Matthew Borowski interviewed regarding Supreme Court decision to reinstate portion of Trump's travel ban


What Ruling on Trump's Travel Ban Means for WNY

Immigration lawyer Matthew Borowski appears on Spectrum News - Buffalo to discuss Trump's travel ban and the Supreme Court's last-minute decision to allow the ban to proceed with respect to non-citizens from the countries on the list who have no bona fide relationship with U.S. persons or entities.

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.