Crimmigration

Hello, everyone. My name is Yifei He and I am a Criminal - as well as Immigration - Lawyer. I add the criminal part because in addition to immigration, I also handle criminal defense cases. And Immigrants, when they come to the United States, they don't have a lot of opportunities. Some of them they don't have papers to work, so they resort to crime. You know, it could be a low level crime or it could be drug trafficking. It can be serious stuff. So I represent people who have been charged as immigrants, with crimes. And when you're an immigrant and you commit a crime, there's a variety of collateral consequences that happens.

For example, if you commit certain aggravated felonies, which includes drug crimes and serious crimes like murder, then you can never become a US citizen. You can get your green card taken away from you. Plus, you could be thrown out of your country, the U.S.. So what I do is I try to lessen the impact of these collateral consequences for immigrants. For example, I pursue post conviction relief. I make appeals to the state courts, the federal courts. I argue before the immigration judges saying that, Person A shouldn't be deported because he has so many family members in the U.S. And that's a balancing of the equities.

Without a lawyer, you'll never be able to come up with these different ways to help you solve your problems. And it is true that the immigration laws are overly harsh against immigrants. But that's why you need someone who's experienced in fighting the system on your side. Again, my name is Yifei He. I'm an Immigration Lawyer, but I'm also a Criminal Defense lawyer. I think combining the two aspects will lead to an effective advocate for you. Thank you.