Earlier this month, counsel for Fareed Heera filed a complaint seeking review of his permanent residence (i.e. green card) application, on the grounds that Heera was victimized by his attorneys. The federal government denied Heera’s application due to fraud and misrepresentation. Heera’s counsel argues that law firms deceived Heera on two separate occasions when they filed petitions containing factual misrepresentations of which Heera was not aware. The complaint further explains that Heera did not intend to commit fraud by using misrepresentations; rather, he was preyed upon when relying on his attorneys to navigate a legal process unfamiliar to him. Ultimately, Heera argues that he should not be penalized under the Immigration and Nationality Act – rendering him unable to obtain legal status in the United States – for the misrepresentations his attorneys made without his consent.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on October 26, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Hendelman, Olivia, "The United States Must Do More To Protect Immigrants from Legal Fraud" (2023). ERSJ Blog. 57.